Rowe Scholarship

It is with sadness that we inform the Worcester Academy community of the passing of beloved WA friend and legendary Worcester Academy athletic director and boys basketball coach, Donald E. Rowe, who passed today at the age of 91 following a short illness.
“Dee” as he was affectionately known to all, graduated from the Academy in 1947 and became a towering presence on the Hilltop, and in American NCAA and professional basketball, in the second half of the 20th century after returning to WA and building the Academy athletic program into a prep school powerhouse.
He later ushered in the modern era of basketball as head men's coach at the University of Connecticut and took a lead role in founding the NCAA’s Big East Conference, which earned him the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.
Until recently, Dee had maintained a constant, reassuring presence at Worcester Academy, regularly attending the WA’s Rowe Family Scholarship Golf Tournament, Reunion Weekends, the Varsity Club dinner, athletic events of every kind, and other special events.
As a special assistant to the head of school at WA, he was instrumental in generating essential support for the Academy, including fundraising for the Rowe Family Scholarship, which has benefitted many dozens of Academy students over the years.
He was a member of the Worcester Academy Hall of Fame and was a recipient of its distinguished Varsity Club Award.
We love you, Dee, rest in peace. And many thanks from the Worcester Academy community for your friendship and for your dedication to WA over these many years. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Rowe family and to your many friends and loved ones around the globe.
The Rowe family has announced that funeral services will be private, but a celebration of his life is to be held at a future date when the COVID-19 pandemic has abated and conditions allow.

The Rowe Family Scholarship Recipients and Friends

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  • The Rowe Family Scholarship Recipients

    Aliyah Boston ’19
    Dylan Lien ’19
    Megan Nguyen ’19
    Aidan Ormsby ’19


    Christopher DelMastro ’18 - Mass Maratime Academy
    Caitlin McNamara ’18 - University of San Diego
    Rachel O’Keefe ’18 - New York University

    Abby Flaherty '17 – Regis College
    Dervin Hylton '17 – Fordham University
    Julia Pelletier '17 – College of the Holy Cross
    Ivan Sebuufu-Bazitya '17 – Saint Michael's College
    Turner Geenty ’16 – Union College
    Alexis Hackett ’16 – Suffolk University
    Timary Malley ’16 – Hamilton College
    Lucio Nicoletti ’16 – WPI

    Keelan Calderwood ’15 – Dickinson College
    Nicholas Correia ’15 – Assumption College
    Madelyn Evangelous ’15 – Elmira College
    Lillian McNeil ’15 – Roger Williams University
    Lauren Abbenante ’14 – College of the Holy Cross
    Carly Heman ’14 – Wake Forest University
    John Marculitis ’14 – Saint Anselm College
    Tyreik McCauley ’14 – West Virginia University
    Connor Carew ’13 –  Liberty University
    Marissa Endow ’13 – Babson College
    Julia Piwowarski ’13 – The George Washington University
    Bernard Yeboah ’13 – University of Vermont
    Demetria DuBose ’12  - Rutgers New Brunswick
    Kamille Hampton’12 – Bentley College
    Matthew Schultz ’12 – Quinnipiac University
    Canaan Severin ’12 – University of Virginia
    Patrick Ackerman ’11 – University of Detroit
    Taylor Hogan ’11 – Northeastern University
    Caitlin Parker ’11 – University of Richmond
    MaryClaire Pelletier ’11 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Steven Buduo ’10 – Bowdoin College, Government & Legal Studies
    MacKenzie Heman ’10 – Wake Forest University, Business Administration
    Caleigh Crowell ’09 – Bentley College, Management Studies
    Robert Gourdeau ’09 – Endicott College, Sales Executive, Oracle
    Sam Martin ’09 – Yale University, Basketball player, Plymouth Raiders, England
    Kayla Ringuette ’09 – University of Connecticut, Wildlife Management
    James Fucillo ’08 – Catholic University, Catholic University football coach
    Dylan O’Neil ’08 – Bowdoin College, Football and Rugby
    Jaclyn Renner ’08 – Amherst College, Data Analyst at OmniClaim, Inc.
    Alicia Marculitis ’07 – Manhattan College, Elementary Education, Southbridge, MA
    Nathan Marrone ’07 – Johns Hopkins University, Consultant at Epic Software
    James McNamara ’07 – Anna Maria College, High School Educator & Coach, Worcester, MA
    Rashonda Speed ’07 – Mount Olive College
    Gisemi Rolle ’06 – Dowling College, Clinical Assistant, Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA
    Laticia Rolle ’06 – Eckerd College, Marketing Executive, St. Petersburg, Florida
    Robert Barrett ’06 –Suffolk University, Education Administration, Boston, MA
    Michelle Boland ’05 – Keene State College, Doctoral Candidate, Springfield College
    Patrick Brosnihan ’05 – Yale University, Wealth Management professional, Bank of New York – Mellon, Boston, MA
    Elizabeth Pinto ’04  - Fairfield University, Marketing Consultant, Boston, MA
    Karl Herideen – Rodrigues ’04 – Amherst College, University of Essex
    Jarrett Jack ’02 – Georgia Tech, NBA Player, Cleveland Cavaliers
    Meredith Davis ’03 – College of the Holy Cross, Physician Assistant, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
    Samuel Kaplan ’03 – Yale University / MBA Northeastern / KPMG Accounting
    Husain Karim ’03 – College of the Holy Cross, Resides in North Carolina
    Janet Earley ’02 – Fairfield University, Elementary School Educator, Boston, MA
    Jonathan Iaccarino ’02 – Georgetown University, Fellowship training - Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Boston University
    Lynn Pinto Cerchio ’01 – Fairfield University, Elementary School Educator, Shrewsbury, MA
    David McNamara ’00 – Clark University, Head Basketball Coach, Anna Maria College 
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Rowe Golf Tournament

The Rowe Golf Tournament was held at the Rhode Island Country Club on June 17th, 2019.
Thank you to John '58 and Barbara Buckley, Coghlin Companies, Bob '62 and Robin Hall, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Hirtle Callaghan & Co., and Gus '60 and Deb Wagner, for your generous support of the Rowe Scholarship Golf Classic.

Rowe Golf Tournament Sponsors

The Rowe Scholarship Reception & Dinner is scheduled on Monday, June 21, 2021 at Rhode Island Country Club. The 2021 Scholarship Awards will be presented on that evening. Click on the "Register Here" button for more details. 

The Rowe Family Scholarship Fund, established in 1998, provides annual scholarships to Worcester Academy students of outstanding character who, in addition to their participation in athletics, exhibit strong leadership in both school and community.  
Each June, the family and friends of Donald “Dee” Rowe (former WA athletic director and basketball coach) and his late wife, Ginny, gather for the Rowe Classic Golf Tournament to celebrate the success of the scholarship and to recognize recipients.  Worcester Academy is so grateful to both the players and the tournament sponsors for their continued support. In fact, 64 scholarships have been awarded in the last 20 years.