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December 11, 2015

Obituary: Henry Rowan, Who Gave $100 Million to Remake a College

Henry M. Rowan, an engineer and industrialist who was the benefactor of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., died Wednesday at age 92, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Mr. Rowan and his wife, Betty, donated $100 million in 1992 to what was then Glassboro State College, a public college with about 10,000 students. After that, it became Rowan University, expanding aggressively with increased enrollment, a fourfold growth of the campus, new engineering and medical schools, and a rise in the endowment from $787,000 to $177 million.

Mr. Rowan made his fortune in Inductotherm, a New Jersey-based global conglomerate that provides melting and thermal-processing technology for the metals industry. He continued giving to the university, which administrators renamed for him, raising his overall contributions to $125 million.