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Robert W. Rowland
(1909-1975)

Robert W. [originally Robert B.] Rowland, Jr., was born in Greenville, South Carolina on October 1, 1909, the son of Lois Estes (1888-1952) and Robert B. Rowland, Sr., the manager of a mill supplies company. By 1920 the family had moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina. At some point in the 1920s Robert Sr. died, and Lois and her sons moved to San Diego, California.

Robert W. Rowland is listed in the California Voter Registration Rolls in San Diego beginning in 1930 at 426 Redwood, with his mother Lois E. (Estes); according to the census he was working as manager of an auto parking lot. He is listed in 1936, again with his mother, and his brother Joseph Estes Rowland (1911-1997), giving the same address as on his mineral label (4010 Alameda Dr., San Diego). He was a member of the Mineralogical Society of America in 1937-1969, likewise at the same address. He was also a member of the San Diego Mineral and Gem Society (1948). He died in San Diego on January 16, 1975.

Robert W. Rowland III., also a geologist, was born in San Diego, California on November 14, 1947. As a professional geologist he has published numerous papers, including "Paleontology and paleoecology of the San Diego Formation in northwestern Baja, California" (1972). He subscribed to The Mineralogical Record from 1978 to 1985, and since this was after his father's death, he is presumably a mineral collector as well. As of 2009 he was employed by the U.S. Geological Survey in Elkhart, Indiana.

References:
California Death Index.
U.S. Federal Census, 1910, 1920, 1930.
California Voter Registration Rolls.
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