Honoring Granker on Memorial Day


My Granker (Grandpa) fought in WW II. He was also a Military Doctor the second time he served.

I could only find some of his medical background as he is long gone now and the Internet databases only go so far back:

Dr. Perry E. Rowe was born in Everett, Washington on October 1, 1910. He received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1941. He interned at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington 1941-42. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps 1942-45. He was in private practice in Lynden, Washington for 15 years. He was Clinical Instructor in General Practice at the University of Washington Medical School 1954-61. In 1962 he came to Hawaii to be the physician for the Hawaiian Agricultural Company and lived in Pahala, Hawaii. Dr. Rowe became the medical officer on Yap in the Trust Territories in 1965. He moved to Carmel, California in 1970.

Grandpa at a Tribal Meeting in Yap back in the Sixties

Grandpa at a Tribal Meeting in Yap back in the Sixties... Um... Yeah the white dude ;)

He was a member of the Hawaii Medical Association, Hawaii County Medical Society, American Medical Association and the Hawaii Industrial Medicine Association. Dr. Rowe and his wife, Betty, were the parents of Michael Dean, Susan Lane and Robert Spencer. Dr. Rowe died on June 24, 1997; his last residence was listed as Friday Harbor, San Juan, Washington.

2 Responses

  1. I think you must mean WWII, he would have been 8 years old when WWI ended.

    Damon –

    Aloha Robert, it was a typo or my grandfather was a bigger kid then he ever mentioned. Honestly, I wish I would have listened to his stories more closely growing up or at least thought about it when I was younger. I definitely wouldn’t try to mislead anyone about Granker! The part in italics was cut and pasted from the Mamiya Filipino Medical History site. The last I checked, the site was down.

  2. Great tribute and post. Thanks for sharing it.

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