Vera Megowen (1894-1987) was a professional chef who trained at the Cordon Bleu. She opened her first restaurant, the Vera Megowen Restaurant, in 1926 and from that time until her retirement in 1973, was involved in the restaurant industry. Megowen was also known for her philanthropy, generously supporting many local organizations and funding the creation of the Merrick Rose Garden and restoration of the old Fountain Square fountain. She is remembered through an Evanston park dedication in her name.
Name: Vera Megowen
Birth Date: December 28, 1895
Birth Place: Alton Illinois, USA
Death Date: July 23, 1987
Death Location: Evanston Illinois, USA
Father: Lewis Oren Megowen
Mother: Olive Powliss
Children: Two: Sylivia, Caryl
Education: University of Chicago: Master of Archealogy. Columbia University: MA. Schurtleff College: BA. Cordon Bleu, Paris, France
Years in Evanston: 1927-1987
Sources: Archives and Collections: "Megowen, Sylvia." Biographical Files. Evanston History Center. Evanston, IL. Newspapers: The Chicago Tribune- November 24, 1956; June 1, 1943. Evanston Review- December 11, 1969.