John Rowe, Exelon Corporation former CEO died at 77, Death, Obituary, Exited

John Rowe Death, Obituary – John Rowe, Exelon Corporation’s former Chief Executive Officer has died in Naples, Illinois at the age of 77. John Rowe reportedly passed away on September 24, 2022. Details on John’s cause of death were not immediately released at the time of his passing.

John W. Rowe was the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the energy corporation Exelon Corporation, a utility holding company headquartered in Chicago. Exelon has the largest market capitalization in the electric utility industry. Its retail affiliates serve 5.4 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and its generation affiliate operates the largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the nation.

Rowe is best known for his vocal support of the proposed cap and trade mechanism for carbon emission control. He was equally well known for his love of art and antiquities, his nimble sense of humor, and his ability to reach into a deep reservoir of insights gleaned from his reading of history.

Rowe held undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Order of the Coif. He has also received that university’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rowe held honorary doctorates from the University of Wisconsin, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Drexel University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Bryant College and Thomas College.

Rowe led Exelon since its formation in 2000, after the merger of PECO Energy and the parent of Commonwealth Edison. Rowe previously held chief executive officer positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Company, served as general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and was a partner in the law firm of Isham Lincoln & Beale.

Rowe was a past chairman of Nuclear Energy Institute and the Edison Electric Institute. He was also co-chairman of the National Commission on Energy Policy, an industry and environmental organization dealing with climate change.

He was a member of the boards of directors of Sunoco, the Northern Trust Company, and UChicago Argonne LLC, which is responsible for governance of the Argonne National Laboratory.

Rowe was deeply committed to a wide variety of civic and charitable activities, with a focus on education, science, history and diversity. He served as chairman of the Illinois Institute of Technology and President of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

He was the former chairman of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum. He was a member of the boards of the Field Museum and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

Along with his wife, Jeanne, and son, William, he established the Rowe Family Charitable Trust. The Rowes and the Family Trust founded the Rowe Professorship of Architecture and the Rowe Family Endowed Chair in Sustainable Energy at IIT, the Rowe Professorship of Byzantine History and the Rowe Family Professorship in Greek History at the University of Wisconsin.

Also the Rowe Professorship in Virology at the Morgridge Institute and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the Curator of Evolutionary Biology at the Field Museum. The Trust also co-founded the Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood.


Exelon Corporation is an American Fortune 100 energy company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and incorporated in Pennsylvania. It generates revenues of approximately $33.5 billion and employs approximately 33,400 people.

Exelon is the largest electric parent company in the United States by revenue, the largest regulated electric utility in the United States with approximately 10 million customers, and was formerly the largest operator of nuclear power plants in the United States and the largest non-governmental operator of nuclear power plants in the world until the generation sources were spun off into an independent company, Constellation Energy, in 2022.

Exelon Corporation was created as the result of a merger between PECO Energy Company and the Unicom Corporation in October 2000. Unicom was based in Chicago and the city became the home of the new entity.

The merger was overseen by the CEO of Unicom, John Rowe who joined the corporation in 1998 and went on to lead the newly-formed Exelon until 2012, becoming the nation’s longest-serving utility executive

Further information on John Rowe’s passing will be updated upon confirmation.

John Rowe obituary is not available at the time of this publication.

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John L. Rowe obituary – John L. Rowe, age 93, a resident of Naperville and formerly of Downers Grove, IL, passed away November 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 29, 1923 in Oak Park, IL. John is survived by his loving daughters, Mary (James L. IV) Nichols of Gilbert, AZ and Suzanne Salvitti of Naperville, IL.

Also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Catharine (Marc Sauer) Nichols, James (Jillian) Nichols V, Elizabeth Nichols, Peter Salvitti and Patricia (Craig) Panozzo and great-grandchildren, J.J., Zach and Milena Nichols; as well numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys (nee Larkin) and John Rowe; his former wife, Mary Carpenter Rowe; and his sister, Elizabeth Wilson. Click here for more.

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