ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Robert George McGowan Sr. died of pneumonia in St. Louis, Mo., on Feb. 26, 2013, at age 83 years.

Robert went to Exeter Academy, in New Hampshire, and was an All-American free-style swimmer.

In 1962, Robert and his family moved from Waterville, Maine, to St. Louis, where he became vice president for Ralston Purina poultry division.

He later consulted for the World Bank and became an independent business owner.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; his four children, Susan, Sally, Peg, and Rob; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Published in Central Maine on Feb. 28, 2013