IN MEMORIAM: David A. Stowe ‘56


The Rev. David A. Stowe, Class of 1956, past rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville, NJ, died on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at New Seasons in New Britain, PA. He was 88.

Born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ, Father Stowe was a graduate of Dartmouth College before attending General. He was appointed the rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1965 and retired in 1996. He also served as the founding and supervising rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater. Following his retirement Stowe and his wife Priscilla moved to the Doylestown area and joined the congregation at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lambertville

Following seminary, Stowe was ordained as a deacon in 1956 and ordained to the priesthood in 1959. He started his ministry at Holy Trinity Church in Collingswood, NJ. From 1958 until 1959 he served as priest-in-charge at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton, MA and later as canon presenter at All Saints Cathedral in Albany, NY. 

Stowe was active in church and community affairs throughout his career. He served on the boards of the Somerset Medical Center and the United Way of Somerset Valley. He was one of three founders of Somerville Senior Citizens’ Housing, Inc., which with the Housing Finance Agency of New Jersey, planned and built the senior citizen housing at 1 Mountain Avenue in Somerville. Stowe continued to serve on the board that managed the complex. 

At St. John’s Church, Stowe established the Bernard T. Bruckner Grants Committee to provide funding to over 20 agencies and charitable groups in the Somerville area. He also served on various committees of the Somerset Medical Center Board of Trustees including the Medical Research Advisory Committee and the West Wing finance campaign, and was a member of the Hospice Sub-committee for the area’s Health Systems Agency. 

Stowe was also a member of the Somerville Rescue Squad and the Borough of Somerville’s Human Relations Committee. A past chairman of the Somerville Area Ministerial Association Week of Prayer Observance, Father also organized the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Good Friday Pilgrimage. He also served on several committees for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and on the Alumni Executive Board of the General Assembly.

For his service to the church and to the community, Father Stowe was honored by the Somerset Valley Chamber of Commerce as the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” for 1980.

Stowe was the father of the late Corporal Thomas David Stowe, USMC, who lost his life in the 1983 bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; the son of the late Rev. Dr. Walter H. Stowe, Pastor of Christ Church in New Brunswick , NJ and the late Marguerite Browne Stowe; and the brother of the late Harriet Williams. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Priscilla Lynn Stowe; his daughter Barbara Stowe and her companion George Host; his daughter-in-law Donna Bologa and his granddaughter Samantha Lee Stowe.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 19, at 10:30 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 158 West High Street, Somerville, New Jersey 08876. To send flowers to the family of David Andrew Stowe, please visit Heartfelt Sympathies Store.