Justice at Stake noted with sadness that Landon Rowland, a former member of the JAS Board of Directors, died December 28 in Kansas City following a long illness. Rowland was a staunch supporter of fair courts in addition to his many other professional and philanthropic pursuits. The Kansas City Business Journal lauded Rowland as a “business and philanthropic giant” who “left a lasting mark” on the city. The Kansas City Star noted that Rowland led the expansion of Kansas City Southern Industries as its president and CEO, and was instrumental in establishing the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. “Rowland also helped establish the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and was an important supporter of the American Royal Horse Show and the American art collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,” the Star reported.
In 2013, Rowland testified in the Kansas legislature against a proposed measure to replace the state’s merit selection system for top state judges (see Gavel Grab). “We depend on a free market system. Small business depends on a fair and impartial judiciary,” Rowland testified, according to an Associated Press article. He noted that the Kansas court system has a reputation for fair, impartial and qualified judges.
Rowland was 78.