Mark Alan Rowland

August 17, 1945January 9, 2014

Mark Alan Rowland passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at his home in Atlanta, Georgia after a yearlong battle with cancer. Mark was born on August 17, 1945 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was predeceased by his parents, Maurice Nicholas Rowland and Martha Elizabeth Barron.

Mark’s family moved to Milledgeville, Georgia in 1961 where Mark graduated from Baldwin High School. Upon graduation Mark spent three years at Georgia Institute of Technology, ultimately graduating from Oglethorpe University with a BA in Economics and Finance. He earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Georgia. He began post graduate work at Georgia State University on a doctorate, but joined the investment counseling firm of Montag & Caldwell before completing. After six years at Montag & Caldwell, he left in 1977 to form Rowland & Company, Investment Counsel. His long time business partner, Janet Miller, joined the firm soon after.

His goal at all times was to educate his clients factually on the risk inherent in their assets and its interaction on the returns he successfully endeavored to provide.

Mark, his father, and his son were all Eagle Scouts. Mark was a short-wave radio operator who took the FCC examination in 1958 and at age 13 became the youngest person to receive a General License. He resumed operating in Georgia in 2007, earning several awards for his involvement in the community. His call letters in Arkansas were K5TST and W4UCZ in Georgia.

Mark is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol Leyda Rowland; his son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas Barron Rowland and Michelle Follmer Rowland; his daughter, Caitlin Caroline Rowland; two grandchildren, Royce Victor and Roxanne Violette; and two sisters-in-law, Gail Andrews of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and Kayann Davidoff of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

His family wishes to thank all of the health care and hospice works who helped Mark manage his illness over the last year as well as the many people who have prayed for our health and healing through this trying time.

A visitation will be held at H.M. Patterson Spring Hill on Monday evening, January 13, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. A memorial service will be held at Northwest Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:00pm and a reception in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Atlanta Humane Society 981 Howell Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30318, Northwest Presbyterian Church 4300 Northside Drive Atlanta, GA 30327 or to your favorite charity.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 14, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2014

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October 22, 2014

I just learned of Mark's passing today. He will be missed. He interviewed me a couple of times for his firm but never hired me. I took such a liking to the guy that I kept in touch with him over the years. He was truly larger than life. I can remember some of our conversations from 5-8 years ago like they just happened yesterday. He was that engaging. He taught me so much about the investment profession that I will always be grateful for. I'm really sad to see him go.

Wendy Treadaway

January 18, 2014

Carol, I only heard about this today. My heart is breaking for you. I have such great memories of us all in the past. No one more entertaining in the world than Mark! Love you, Carol.


Al Arrington

January 16, 2014

Carol, Mark was a good friend with whom I had many fascinating conversations. The world is certainly better place because Mark was here.


January 16, 2014


Kathryn Oversreet

January 16, 2014

Carol - Garland and I are so sorry - high school stories of Mark have put smiles on our faces any times. We are so sorry we could not be there to help tell him goodbye.

January 14, 2014

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Martha Turner


January 14, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Charles Pennington (K4GK)

January 14, 2014

I am so saddened to hear of Mark's passing. I will treasure the memories of our times together forever. Carol and family you are in my heart during this difficult time.

January 14, 2014

I'm sorry for your lost. May your family rely on God in this time of grief.

Mary Janice and Frank Dicello

January 13, 2014

Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear this news. Mark was always so much fun and a great tease at Baldwin High School. And a good student, of course. We will all miss him, but always remember him.