In Memory of




Obituary for Joseph K. Rowe

The Hon. Joseph K. Rowe passed away on Friday, March 26, he was 91. He was born in Brooklyn NY and lived his adult life in Greenwich Village.

He will be remembered as a straight-forward man who was a valued family member, friend and mentor. Although he served as a United States Administrative Law Judge for decades, he was always known as “Joe”.

Joe received his BBA from CUNY’s City College and earned his Law Degree from NYU Law School. He was admitted to practice in New York in 1954. During almost 30 years of private practice, Joe was active in Democratic Party Politics and belonged to the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club. In 1977, he served as Campaign Treasurer for Kings County Surrogate Justice Bernard Bloom.

Hewas appointed as a United States Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the Social Security Administration where his tenure included being the Chief ALJ in the Brooklyn Hearing Office. He was dedicated to providing fair and balanced rulings and was highly regarded as both a judge and judicial administrator by his colleagues and by those who appeared before him during his decades on the Federal bench.

Joe’s partner, Francesca Bensimon had predeceased him; and he missed her dearly. He will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues.