In Memoriam




Richard Lloyd Rowe affectionately known to all as “Dick” Rowe was the General Manager of Kennedy International Airport from 1983 to 1994 when JFK was considered the largest airport in the world.  Dick died at the age of 85 on Saturday, September 15, of respiratory complications.


He was a family man who married Mercedes L. Walker in 1952. The Rowe’s had 3 children, Delena, Patricia and Richard Jr.   He shared a rich community and church life with the Presbyterian Church of New Rochelle.


After serving in the Navy in WWII, he began his career with the Port Authority in 1951 as a Police Officer. Over the next twenty-five years, Dick would “capture the American Dream” using his high school diploma, Bachelor’s and his Master’s degree from City University of New York in Business Administration to gain exposures in union relations, personnel administration and airport management which would afford him the knowledge and experience needed in the positions he attained.


Richard a man of great vision had a passion for aviation, a keen interest in public administration, commerce, human resource management, facility operations that would pay-off for both he and the Port Authority.  He was the past president of the International Personnel Management Association and a distinguished member of the Airport Operators Council International.


Other professional and civic affiliations included: Society for the Advancement of Management, American Society of Training and Development, Mu Gamma Tau – National Honorary Management Fraternity, NAACP, National Urban League, Kappa Alpha Alpha, and Board Member of the Port Authority Retirees Association.


Richard leaves behind his wife, Mercedes, his brother Sidney, daughter Delena Rowe-Pugh, son Richard Jr. , grandchildren & extended family members.


Memorial Services: 

Celebration of Life - Thursday, November 29th @ 12:30PM -

Christ for the World Chapel, JFK Airport, T4 - 4th Floor - Tel: 718-656-5693


Memorial Service - Saturday, November 10th @ 1:00PM

Presbyterian Church of New Rochelle, 50 Pintard Ave., New Rochelle 10801 - 914-636-2953

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