LOWRIMORE III, William|
William Lowrimore, III, was born on January 9, 1937 in Lubbock, Texas, the son of Ruth Plemons Lowrimore and William Lowrimore, Jr. Will's was a true West Texas childhood: playing outside with his brother, Don; going to church on Sundays with his grandparents; visiting the Matador Ranch where his grandfather raised show cattle; learning to drive gasoline trucks for his father at the age of 15.
After graduation from Lubbock High, Will attended Texas Tech. While working on a master's degree in economics, Will met Margaret Jane Crockett. Jane's intellectual curiosity and sense of adventure were a match to Will's - and the couple became engaged after just 3 months of dating. The newlyweds set off for Los Gatos, California, where Will went to work for IBM. His career soon took a detour when he entered the Army during Vietnam. It was in the army, at the Air Defense Board, that Will honed his skills working with computers.
After his discharge, Will returned to IBM, where he spent the bulk of his career. In those days, working for IBM meant moving every year or two - and so it was for the Lowrimores, who racked up 13 moves (including stints in Greece and Bangkok) within a 30-year period. At IBM, Will achieved great success working within the banking industry. When he retired from IBM, Will stayed in Thailand to launch a financial consulting business.
Will and Jane had three children: Chris, Libby, and Cara. A supportive but challenging father, Will taught his children to think for themselves and to believe in their own ability to solve problems. In his later years, Will's life was enriched with the addition of a daughter-in-law, Cara White, and he became a proud, loving grandfather to Anna and Baxter.
In 1977, Will and Jane settled their family in rural Liberty Hill, Texas. Jane raised goats; Will shot possums - and all five Lowrimores set about gutting the kitchen, repurposing rooms, and replacing the 72 windows in their turn-of-the-century farmhouse. Will served on the Liberty Hill School Board, initiating a host of reforms.
As he travelled the world, Will developed a keen interest in photography. He diligently practiced his craft, studied for a while with Ansel Adams, even built his own dark room where he would disappear for entire weekends.
In 2000, Will and Jane left the farm and moved to Austin. Will threw himself back into photography, launched a website to share his photos, started a blog. Nothing fulfilled him more, however, than teaching the Symposium class at First Baptist Church. Will was a faithful Christian, a seeker of truth. He railed against the Fundamentalist platitudes fed to him in his youth, and instead, pursued a historically informed understanding of Scripture and an authentic religion for himself and others. In Symposium, he found a class of eager seekers like himself, where nothing was sacred and everything was sacred. In their many moves across the globe, Will and Jane entertained frequently as a way of connecting with people and forging new friendships. Over dinner and wine, Will initiated lively debates about important subjects: education, parenting, faith, justice. Will was not shy about asserting his opinions. Often peppering his speech with colorful, tumbleweed-tinged phrases, Will won people over with his brand of the Texas-two-step: KNOWLEDGE and PASSION.
Will is most beloved, perhaps, for his mentoring. Will was supremely curious about the people who came into his life. He took a laser-like interest in each of them and encouraged their passions, helped nurture their dreams. He was gifted at making connections - and his unbridled enthusiasm was the ultimate encourager.
Adventurer, life-long learner, mentor, friend. Will, we miss you dearly.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church Austin, 901 Trinity, at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, March 30. Reception following. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a donation to KLRU https://www.klrusupport.org/ or Teach for America https://www.teachforamerica.org/donate
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2014