General Rowny Laid to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery


WASHINGTON DC – American Polish Advisory Council’s founder and longtime president, General Edward Rowny, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, June 13th with full military honors. General Rowny passed away on December 17, 2017 at the Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Born in 1917, General Rowny’s military career spanned almost four decades. He served as commanding officer in World War II and in Korea. From 1973 to 1979 he served as the first Chief U.S. Negotiator for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the rank of Ambassador under President Nixon.

In 1992, Rowny facilitated the return of Ignacy Paderewski’s remains to Poland, which has been his lifelong ambition.

General Rowny was involved with the American Polish Advisory Council since the organization was formally launched in 2003. In the years before his death, he dedicated his time to building APAC into a national organization and sustaining the Paderewski Scholarship Fund which paid Washington-based semesters for two students from Poland each year.

General Rowny has left a tremendous void on the board of the American Polish Advisory Council and in the Polish community in the DC-metro area.


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