For over 35 years, Tom Rowe worked in the film and television industry as a prolific producer, director and writer, credited with dozens of films and television programs. When he passed away earlier this year, he left behind a loving wife and family, and a void in Vancouver’s creative community.
Tom had deep ties to the university, dating back to the 1970s when he was a student, then later as a member of the Emily Carr University Foundation Board from 1997 to 2010. In recognition of his accomplishments in film and television and as community leader, the University established the Tom Rowe Memorial Scholarship.
Tom’s wife, Vicki Gabereau was touched by this gesture, and she and the Canadian Media Producers Association organized a memorial at Emily Carr on October 12, where family, friends and associates were invited to spend the evening remembering Tom and celebrating his life. At this lively and moving event, guests were encouraged to contribute to the scholarship, and one of Tom’s jackets was auctioned with the money raised transferred to the fund. With this, the Tom Rowe Memorial Scholarship will provide opportunities for film students for years to come – a fitting legacy for one of Vancouver’s film and television legends.