Message from President Merja Laaksovirta, on behalf of aita/iata.
It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that our friend and longtime companion in theatre, Mr.Ross Rowland has fallen into the eternal sleep. He was a warm human being and a man of compassion with a great commitment to amateur theatre and to aita/iata. He will be remembered especially as the neutral chair of many of our Congresses. He ran our proceedings with a lawyer´s sophistication and style.
I have only good memories of him.
May Ross rest in peace.
”There is no stream as swift as life. It´s evening, when you come to cross the River”
L. Ross Rowland, 67 of Muncie, IN (formerly Shelbyville) passed away in August 2013.
He was born October 9, 1945 in New Castle, the son of William K. Rowland and Jeanne (Rowland) Herd of Fort Myers, FL. He is preceded in death by his father and step-parents, E. Don Herd and Lou Rowland and a step-sister, Donna Hunter.
Survivors include his mother; his sister, Jan (husband Mike) Asher of Shelbyville; his brother, Bill (wife Diane) of Nassau Bay, TX; his step-brother, Rickey Herd of Salinas, CA.
Other survivors include: nephews Scott (wife Christina) Asher and Brian (wife Lori) Asher, both of Shelbyville and nieces, Angie (husband Tim) Dagley of Nassau Bay, TX and Becca (husband Mark) Withey of Arvada, CO.
Ross was a trial attorney for Rowland & Doyle in Muncie for nearly 40 years and a Public Defender for Delaware County for the past 10 years. He graduated from Shelbyville High School (1963), Hanover College and Indiana University Law School.
Theatre was the passion and joy of his life at the local, state, national and international levels. He is the past president of the American Association of Community Theatre, where he was the proud recipient of a lifetime achievement award earlier this summer.
He is also past president of the Indiana Community Theatre League, Muncie Civic Theatre, Heartland Stage Company and the Delaware County Council for the Arts.
As president of Theatre USA, he represented the US in all functions for the International Association of Amateur Theatre. He was a world-renown adjudicator at numerous international festivals, including Japan, Korea, Germany and Ireland.
Ross enjoyed summer vacations with family and visiting beaches throughout the world. He enjoyed entertaining his friends with his special annual Christmas card.
In lieu of flowers, Ross requests that well-wishers contribute to their local civic theatres or other theatre-related organizations. A celebration of life will be held at Muncie Civic Theatre, 216 E. Main St. Muncie, IN 47305 at noon on September 28, 2013.
From Julie Crawford, AACT Executive Director: Announcement by Jan & Mike Asher (sister and husband of Ross) SHELBYMASHER@YAHOO.COM
ROSS’ NAME IS SCHEDULED TO BE ON THE MARQUEE OF MUNCIE CIVIC THEATRE AGAIN. SORROWS ARE TO BE LEFT AT HOME AND ONLY FUN AND CELEBRATION WILL BE ALLOWED. ROSS WAS A ONE OF A KIND & LIVED A LIFE WORTH CELEBRATING!
Should you wish to make a contribution to AACT in memory of Ross, go to www.aact2.org or mail a check to the AACT office.