John Townrow was born in 1927 in England, to a medical family. He spent his summers in a cottage in Wales. He was educated at Gordenstoun “Public” School and took his degree at Cambridge, a double first class Ph.D. in botany and geology. John taught in colleges in Reading, England; Ibadan, Nigeria; Hobart, Tasmania; Chicago, USA; and at Red Rock Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. While in Tasmania, he took part in the New Zealand Antarctic Expedition. He served in the British Army in Palestine at the end of the British Mandate and the beginning of Israel. After retirement, John volunteered at Bluff Lake Nature Center and Dinosaur Ridge. He liked to read, listen to music, and garden. He is survived by his wife Katherine, his children Deborah, Vincent, and Karen, his step-children Jennifer and John, and his sisters Barbara, Lucy, Shirley, and Jenny.