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Lawyer , Insurance company executive

Gerald Burdette Rowan, American insurance company executive, lawyer. Bar: Missouri bar 1940.


Rowan, Gerald Burdette was born on February 9, 1916 in Powersville, Missouri, United States. Son of M. C. and Blanch (Spidle) Rowan.


Northwest Missouri State University (Bachelor of Arts). University of Missouri (Bachelor of Laws).


Practice in, Marble Hill, 1940-1949;practice in, Cape Girardeau, 1949-1959;practice in, Kansas City, 1959-1981;practice in, Eagle Rock, Missouri, since 1981. Member firm Frye & Rowan, 1940-1942, 46-49, Oliver & Oliver, 1949-1959. With legal department Kansas City Life Insurance Company, 1959-1976, senior vice president technical services, 1976-1981, also director.

Prosecuting attorney, Bollinger County, 1946-1949. City attorney, Cape Girardeau, 1954-1959.


  • Bar: Missouri bar 1940.


The life with Christ has nothing to do with being in a "church" atmosphere for all eternity. God’s salvation involves far more. He is planning to make his children productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.


The diversity of religious expressions is guaranteed by the separation of church and state. However, church and state should interact in different social and political fields for the benefit of the whole society.


God should be loved with hearts as well as with minds. To the best of their ability everyone needs to think things through in the light of reason. This means becoming aware of different points of view, and using his or her critical thinking to make sense of God's world.


President Jackson County unit American Cancer Society, 1963-1965, 70-73. Chairman Missouri division American Cancer Society, 1974-1976. Member Missouri Park Board, 1965-1977.

Served with Field Artillery Army of the United States, 1943-1945, Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. Member Missouri Bar Association (committee chairman), World Association Lawyers, Association Life Insurance Counsel, State City Attorneys Association (past president), Missouri Law School Alumni Association (past president), Order of Coif, Sigma Tau Gamma.


Married Mary Elizabeth Turner, December 24, 1939. Children: Sandra Josephine, Roger Turner.

M. C. Rowan

Blanch (Spidle) Rowan

Mary Elizabeth Turner

Sandra Josephine Rowan

Roger Turner Rowan