Remembering George Rowe

George Rowe, co-founder of TQS

George Rowe, in partnership with Beverly Morgan, started The Quaker School at Horsham in 1982.  Together, in the basement of the Horsham Friends Meetinghouse, they started what they called the "Pipedreams Friends School" to offer another way of serving children with complex learning needs.

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, George Rowe, surrounded by his wife, Margie and children, Bill and Kathy, died from COVID-19.  George was kind, gentle and giving.  He positively impacted the lives of so many, both within and outside of the TQS community.  Our past and current faculty, students, staff and families hold a special place in our hearts for George.  Our future students, faculty and families will learn about George, his compassion and his vision.

George's pipedream came true through the strength of his and Beverly's efforts, and over the past 38 years TQS has changed the lives of thousands of children and their families.

Memories of and Love for George

"A lovely man who left behind a legacy for all the TQS families."  

"Mr. Rowe's legacy will go on with each TQS success story."

"George Rowe is the reason I have been able to have a life with a bright future.  Mr. Rowe was the nicest, most thoughtful man I ever knew.  I have my life to thank Mr. Rowe for if he had not started TQS, I don't know where I would be today.  It is because of his love and compassion for others that made me want to help others in my own future."

"George changed my life as a young man.  He inspired me so much.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of TQS and my time with Mr. Rowe."

" A good man and a role model for us all."

"My earliest years were when George was still serving as Head of School; he was such an incredible human being.  The Quaker School was a wonderful part of my childhood and its morals and values are still with me to this very day.  I will always look back with pride for having  attended such a great school."

"I attended TQS about 30 years ago and it was the best experience I had as far as school goes.  Mr. Rowe was such an amazing man.  I have thought about him a lot over the years.  I remember him taking us bird watching and teaching us everything there was to know about the different types of birds.  I have brought those memories into my own children's lives.  He was a great man."  

Share your memories and stories

The Quaker School is collecting your memories and stories of George Rowe to add to this page and to share with George's family.  We want to hear from you!   Please email Kristen Stevens with your favorite and fondest memories and stories.  

Gifts in memory of george

Our school has received several inquiries about how to make a gift in memory of our beloved co-founder, George Rowe.

In memoriam gifts can be made online or mailed to: The Quaker School at Horsham, Development Office, 250 Meetinghouse Road, Horsham, PA, 19044.

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