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Matthew “Matt” Rowan

Thursday, August 4, 2016

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Matthew “Matt” Rowan, an adjunct professor of chemistry.

His family reports that he and his wife, Sunday, were two of the 16 people on a hot air balloon that crashed near Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday, July 30. Rowan had been an adjunct professor in the chemistry department since 2013.

A 2004 graduate of Texas A&M University, Rowan went on to earn a Master of Forensic Sciences at George Washington University and a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UTHSCSA from 2011 to 2013 and had been recently appointed as Chief of Clinical Trials in Burns and Trauma at Brooke Army Medical Center’s (BAMC) Institute of Surgical Research.

Scheduled to teach two sections of Organic Chemistry Lab this fall, Rowan had been a consistent contributor to Trinity’s chemistry department in the past three years. Motivated by his love of teaching, and especially his connection to Trinity students, he typically taught two sections of lab per semester in addition to his duties at BAMC and UTHSCSA.

He had previously been an adjunct chemistry professor at Northwest Vista Community College and St. Mary’s University.

For more information, please contact chemistry professor Bert Chandler at bert.chandler [at]