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DUMMERSTON Thomas H. Lowell, 68, died at his home in Dummerston, VT Sunday night, November 15th after a long battle with Kidney cancer. His soul-mate of 36 years, Ellen O'Beirne, and his son Peter O'Beirne Lowell were by his side, holding his hand as he passed on. Born on and raised in Concord, MA, he was the youngest of the three sons of Dr. Francis Cabot Lowell and Elizabeth Shurcliff Lowell. His father, former chief of the allergy unit at Mass General Hospital, Boston was involved in research and teaching. His mother was an active member of the League of Women Voters and was actively involved in Concord's town planning. Tom's education included the Fenn School of Concord, Milton Academy, Concord-Carlisle High School and Marlboro College. A sailor, skier, pilot, inventor, builder, tinkerer, an avid reader and a family man, you could find Tom flying a plane to Oshkosh, skiing the Vermont hills, or sailing the Belize coastline. He was always busy starting a project and finishing just as many.One of his first big projects as a teenager was a complete rebuild of a Willy's Jeep. Among his many other projects, Tom made toys to demonstrate sailing to children, a go-kart for his son, a special hand-held sail to use when ice-skating. He and a neighbor built a rope tow for the neighborhood kids to use when skiing and snowboarding. Innumerable cars, a few boats and a 1957 Cessna were restored, mostly in his home garage. With his lifelong friend Jim Young, he co-designed his much-acclaimed super insulated house. Although perpetually busy with projects, he was always willing to pause for pleasant conversation. He loved chatting with friends and strangers alike. One of Tom's last projects in 2014 was again, a complete rebuild of another Willy's Jeep. In business Tom was an inventor, machinist, engineer entrepreneur and consultant. At Appropriate Technology, Tom the VP of Operations, worked with Mike Mross, the VP of Research. They developed the Window Quilt insulating window shade and all the techniques and machinery used in it's manufacturing. Later Tom and his wife Ellen built the original West River Marina and together ran this popular restaurant in Brattleboro until its sale to the current owners. After launching the restaurant, he was recruited by his formerbusiness partner and friend Mike, to join him in starting up Vermont Photonics, a distributor of high-precision optical testing equipment.These three startups continue today. Tom also served on the board of the Compass School inWestminster VT. Tom is survived by his wife Ellen, and his son, Peter of Brattleboro; his brother, Francis C. (Peter) Lowell and sister-in-law, Vicky of Falmouth, MA; and his brother, Charles R. Lowell who lives in Concord, MA; his nieces, Joanna Lowell of Washington DC and Dr. Isabelle Lowell and spouse, Dr. Emily Walker of Atlanta, GA; and his nephews, Nicholas and spouse, Amy Lowell of Falmouth; and Alexander Lowell of Portsmouth, ME. Tom will be sorely missed by all the members of the O'Beirne extended family. In New Jersey, Andrew O'Beirne, Noreen Stillman and her daughter, Joan (Stillman) Donahue and in Brattleboro, Joan O'Beirne, Mary Ann O'Beirne and husband, Kenny Eaton and daughter, Mavis Eaton. SERVICES: A celebration of Tom's life will be conducted on Sunday, November 22, at the Marina in Brattleboro at 10:30am. Food will be provided. Messages of remembrance can be posted at: www.forevermissed.com/thomas-lowell/#about In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions in Tom's name to either the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, White River Junction, VT; Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Brattleboro, VT or to the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 19, 2015
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