Edward Davis Rowse, 70, a veteran Montgomery County public school teacher, counselor and coach, died of congestive heart failure and pulmonary fibrosis Oct. 26 at home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Rowse was a guidance counselor and history teacher at Northwood High School from 1959 to 1979, at Seneca Valley High School from 1979 to 1991 and at John F. Kennedy High School from 1991 to 1993. He was at Earle Woods Middle School from 1993 until he retired in 1996. He also coached track and football. In retirement he was a substitute teacher.

He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and moved to Montgomery County at the age of 10. He was a 1947 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and a 1951 graduate of Grinnell College. From 1952 until 1955, he was an Air Force training instructor.

Mr. Rowse was a former president of the Montgomery Central Derwood Lions Club. He raised money to promote sight conservation and community services.

A resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, he had previously lived for 25 years in Derwood.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Flora "Chris" Rowse of Silver Spring; four sons, Edward "Jay" and Scott, both of Frederick, and Roger and Thomas, both of Derwood; a sister, Laura Rowse Hart of Silver Spring; and four grandsons.