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Glenn Lowry

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GLENN LOWRY died peacefully at Houston Hospice on November 7, 2008, never regaining consciousness five days after a thrombolytic stroke. Born June 1, 1934 in Baytown, Texas to E.A. " Doc" Lowry and Nona Lowry, he is preceded in death by his parents and tragically his younger son Peter Lowry. His son Colin Lowry, daughter-in-law Andrea Ariel, grandson Brandon Ariel, sister Doris Kraft, brother-in-law Charles Kraft, niece Jamie Kraft and nephew Lowry Kraft survive him. After graduating from Cedar Bayou High School and Sam Houston State University, he then served 2 years in the army. He worked as a writer for the Humble Bee, sports editor for the Baytown Sun, in public relations for the National Cotton Council in Memphis/New York City and as a stockbroker for Paine Webber/UBS where he retired after 30 years. In Memphis, he appeared in a play called "Separate Tables," where he met Beverly Fey who became his wife for 30 years. The family moved to Houston in 1965 and then to San Marcos, Texas in 1982. Glenn's generosity, intelligence, sense of humor, communication skills and passion for other people's needs touched many lives in numerous communities. He freely gave financial advice often refusing to take a commission when that advice was fruitful. If Glenn knew you liked or needed something, he would get it for you. On Sundays he took the New York Times business section to one person, the magazine section to someone else, the book review to a third and picked-up croissants for the children at the Park IV condos where he lived. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, he excelled at procuring ice, leaving extra bags for his friends at the Park IV. He loved horses and worked tirelessly to make pari-mutuel horse racing legal in Texas in the 1970s. He regularly traveled all over the country to the Breeder's Cups races including last month at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. He wrote a weekly e-mail column based upon his observations and comments about life, politics, finance and more called "Musings". When told he should create a blog instead of attaching a document to e-mail, he said "I don't want to create a blog, I want people to get Musings whether they want it or not". Glenn was an incredibly active, independent 74 year-old who routinely played golf, worked out at the gym and the pool. His only health complaints were bum knees, a stiff shoulder and allergies. He joked that all he wanted written in his obituary was "he doesn't itch any more." During the viewing at his father's funeral, he quietly whispered in his sister's ear "Don't you wish we weren't strong enough to handle this?" In accordance with Glenn's wishes, the sole memorial event will be a celebration of life at 1902 West Lamar at Taft in Houston, Texas on November 15, 2008 at 5pm. Send an e-mail for more information to colin@linedashmedia.com. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the The Peter Lowry Family Assistance Fund, TNFF, 1717 Main Street Suite 1800, Dallas, TX 75201 or Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe, Houston, TX 77030-4123 or donate to your favorite charitable organization.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 9, 2008
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