Jay McGowan was one of the most remarkable men whom I ever met. For many years I was blessed to have him and his beautiful First Lady Maureen as my dearest friends. It was Jay and Maureen who introduced my wife, Ann, to me 46 years ago. I represented his high school alma mater, St. Joseph’s Prep, at his inauguration, where I led the procession in my Crimson and Grey robes (Jay’s idea). We were ushers in each other’s weddings. We were confidantes, best friends, and brothers in so many ways. Despite the years and the miles which separated us, our concern and love for one another was paramount to our relationship.
My sincere condolences to the McGowan clan and the Bellarmine family for the tremendous loss of a loving husband and father, and magnanimous and dynamic leader. I will miss you terribly, Colonel McGowan, but I have many treasured memories which may help to heal a broken heart. No one will ever step on your blue suede shoes!
Edmund A. Scanlan,
Class of ’62, St. Joseph’s Prep