Pawling Middle School Teacher Drowns in Costa RicaJul 13th, 2013 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article
A Pawling Middle School teacher and her husband have drowned while on vacation in Costa Rica.
The bodies of Ruth Rowe and her husband Bruce Loev were recovered by Costa Rican Red Cross the afternoon of Wednesday, July 10 at Playa Linda in Quepos. Authorities believe that water conditions are to blame for the incident after eye witnesses told them rip currents were strong when the couple drowned.
Rowe and Loev were visiting the island as part of their honeymoon. The couple had just married on July 4, 2013.
In a statement released on the Pawling School District’s website, School superintendant Dr. William Ward offered his praise and sorrow for Rowe’s passing; “Ms. Rowe was known as a caring and dedicated teacher who was highly regarded by parents, students and colleagues.” Adding, “At this most difficult time, our condolences go out to her family, most particularly her son Kaleb and daughter Emily.”
Rowe began teaching in the Pawling School District in 1988 as a sixth grade teacher. She moved to the fifth grade in 1996, teaching mostly math and science.
Board of Education President Coleen Snow said, “This is such a sudden and tragic loss for the Pawling school community. We are devastated and offer our full support to her family and the entire school community.”
Plans are being made for counselors to be available to students.
Information about services for the couple were not available at this time.