DR. LOWELL E. MADDEN
FUNERAL HOME
D. O. McComb and Sons - Lakeside Park
1140 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN
DR. LOWELL E. MADDEN, was called to eternal life with his Triune God on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and a resident of Fort Wayne, Ind. He was a graduate of South Side High School from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned the B.A. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington and the doctoral degree from Ball State University. His professional career included teaching in elementary and secondary schools, serving as a school counselor and administrator and teaching at IPFW as a professor of education. He was the recipient of several teaching awards from both IPFW and IUB, as well as from community and professional organizations, and authored numerous professional manuscripts and books. He was the former president of both the Fort Wayne Area Council of the International Reading Association and Phi Delta Kappa, Chapter 1035. He loved to read, play golf, present children's magic shows, exercise and spend time with his daughter and friends. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Beth Moore; wonderful friends and relatives and cherished former students. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Lorraine Madden. Funeral Service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr Street with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at the Alliance Community Church, 5610 Lahmeyer Road. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne, Ind. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. To sign the online guestbook visit www.mccombandsons.com

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Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 3, 2017.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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4
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Alliance Community Church
5610 Lahmeyer Rd, Fort Wayne, IN
Jan
5
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
1126 S. Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN
Jan
5
Service
11:00a.m.
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
1126 S. Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN
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Daddy, I struggle to make sense that you have been gone three years now. I miss you and the many thought provoking conversations we had over the years especially now with the political climate what it is. I always appreciated your ability to have a well balanced discussion about current events and that you formulated opinions after considering facts rather than hype. One of my favorite memories coming to mind now is when you took me to Baskin Robins on Rudisill for grape ice. It is a Subway Shop now and I know you like Subway, too. I saw Barbara and Bob recently and they miss you, too. I am so glad you and I had Christmas in your home five years ago with my Mom and that the two of you helped me go visit Shirley on Easter almost six years ago. The love between us still flourishes, and I am using the things you left me well in order to serve others. I even started taking care of children in my home this last year and I have another Golden Retriever, Sophia! I love you, Daddy. I will see you face to face eventually down the line. Until then I can feel your love with me always.
Beth Moore
Family
December 29, 2019
This is the first time I have read many of these condolences and I want to say that your beautiful comments are inspirational to me. Do you Cember 30th 2018 was the second year anniversary of my father's death and my mother died a year later on January 5, 2018. This holiday season I was missing them more than ever before. Reading these messages is very comforting and uplifting. I was especially touched by the story of the woman Who my dad helped be able to go to college after her family and had a significant financial setback. That brought tears to my eyes. My father appreciated all of you in so many ways.
Beth Moore
Family
January 10, 2019
Lowell Madden was my caring counselor at Leo High School (1963-1967.) He changed my life in a profound way.

When a Leo cheerleader announced to me in the hallway, in front of other students, just before graduation, that she "learned the news" that my father had filed bankruptcy, I was in shock. She went on to scoff at me:
"Oh, don't pretend you do not know what I am talking about." She walked away.

I went to Mr. Madden's office. I told him what the cheerleader had just announced. I had no knowledge of the facts.

He had a quiet but concerned face. I was afraid I would not get to attend college after all. I was worried about my family.
He comforted me by saying, "I will see what I can do, Maggie." I was graduating at the top of the class.

We lost our home and moved into an apartment in Ft. Wayne after graduation.
I worked in a restaurant, saving my money to someday go to college.

But one day, a thick package arrived at the apartment. It was notification of a scholarship and work/study program
for me at IU, Bloomington. I was speechless, crying quietly that this angel of a counselor sought this for me.

Many years later, in 2010, I searched for my counselor to thank him. I wanted him to know that not only did I meet my future husband at IU, i went on to get degrees in Behavioral Science and Legal Studies in California. My husband became a respected Chief of Surgery in a San Francisco Bay Area hospital in Marin County.

I also earned my lifetime teaching credential in Social Sciences, Secondary Schools. Our two sons were scholar athletes, and both graduated from UCLA. All of these blessings were due to Lowell Madden, the most wonderful man.

I am so happy I got to thank him on a long distance phone call in 2010. We both cried and were happy.

Maggie Banks


Maggie Banks
Student
September 3, 2017
Over the years, it was our pleasure to become part of Lowell's life first as graduate students and later as life-long friends. While we grieve over Lowell's death, we rejoice that his suffering has ended and that he now enjoys life eternal with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our sympathy goes out to Beth and other family members and friends as they adjust to the loss of this gentle, scholarly man. HIs spirit lives on in each of us who had the privilege to know and love him.
Bette Krenzke
Friend
March 27, 2017
I was in Dr. Madden's Language Arts methods class at IPFW. The class age range was 22 year-old first time college students to returning students 50+ and every age in between. He touched all of us. One of the memories I cherish the most was when he read the story Stone Fox - week by week. We realized how much we loved to have someone read to us (and vowed to read to our students) and at the end, as we were all sobbing, Dr. Madden reminded us to read the stories through to the end before we read them to our students.You will be greatly missed. Thank you, Dr. Madden!
Sue Diefenbach
Student
January 18, 2017
I will never forget the 1959-1960 school year... He was Mr. Madden then -- a young, soft-spoken man, fresh out of college, with a passion for teaching kids, and enthusiasm that never waned in all the years I knew him. He taught a group of squirmy 11 year-olds French, algebra, diagramming of sentences, and how to draw maps of Europe, Asia, and Africa. He never missed an opportunity for learning, improvising a jury trial to determine whether a classmate had gotten a drink from the drinking fountain BEFORE the bell rang (acceptable) or AFTER the bell rang (a violation of classroom rules). In May of 1960, 30-some 12 year olds trooped out of his classroom with long faces, saddened at the knowledge that our most inspiring year of school had ended... until he appeared as our high school biology teacher and guidance counsellor four years later. We adored the man! Nearly 20% of us became teachers and/or principals and took graduate-level courses from (now) Dr. Madden at IPFW. He came to our class reunions, wrote us encouraging notes and cards, and reveled in our successes. Our class Facebook page is peppered with memories of him -- a tribute to the effect he had on our young lives. As people of faith, we do have the joyful knowledge that we will be united with him someday in the future. I have no doubt that he is now teaching the saints a refresher course in the diagramming of sentences...
Deb (Knepp) Todd
January 11, 2017
Lowell's death was a surprise and a personal loss that cannot be filled. We grew up together in the Southeast end of Fort Wayne. My greatest memory was playing baseball with Lowell on the "LIDS" team and having a great time. He was a good God loving friend whose passing is filled with sorrow, but the memories are greater.

-Bob Smith
Robert Smith
Friend
January 7, 2017
I am saddened for your loss, Beth. Lowell Madden was one of my colleagues in Education at IPFW since I arrived in 1988. His gentle guidance toward me, and toward other new colleagues, made a huge difference in our adjustment to the Fort Wayne academic environment. I will remember his sense of humor and his emphasis on showing students you care about them personally. Dr. Madden, you will be missed.
Gail Hickey
January 7, 2017
I'm sorry for you loss.. He was a soft spoken man and always had smile on his face ! I will miss our short conversations when I cut his hair...
Carolyn Marcum
Friend
January 5, 2017
I'm sorry for you loss.. He was a soft spoken man and always had smile on his face ! I will miss our short conversations when I cut his hair...
Carolyn Marcum
Friend
January 5, 2017
Thank you, Dr. Madden, for your positive contribution to the education of thousands of children and adults through your teaching.

If I had to rank the teachers I've had in order of life-impact, Dr. Madden would be right there at the top.
Stu Bloom
January 5, 2017
This man inspired us to be excited about every single day. Every. Single. Day. What a remarkable gift to share with the world. I am so thankful that I got to be within his orbit at IPFW in the late 80s. Namaste, Dr. Madden.
Becky Walter
January 4, 2017
Lowell Madden was a valued colleague of mine at IPFW, which I joined in 1991, through his pre-retirement and post-retirement years. Lowell's gentle sense of humor and quiet approach to big issues made him a steadying influence in the School of Education at IPFW. He was, then, a leader "from the back of the room." He led through discussions with the faculty and then in his quiet way was successful in putting through his ideas. He was a stanch advocate for students, which they appreciated very much. In fact, he was first and foremost an excellent teacher. For me he was one of the leaders of the first group of professors in the School of Education, which I followed, as they started to retire. I think the things he valued, the ideas and attitudes towards teaching and learning, are still part of the, now, College of Education and Public Policy at IPFW, particularly the Educational Studies Department. I am retired now, too, but I see that the new faculty share the same passion for good teaching that Lowell had. His legacy will continue! It was a pleasure to know him and be his colleague.

Kathleen Murphey
Professor Emerita at IPFW
Kathleen Murphey
January 4, 2017
Dr. Madden was Mr. Madden when I had him as my sixth grade teacher at Hoagland School in Fort Wayne in about 1962. He was one of the best and most important teachers in my life. I will never forget what a great teacher he was and the influence he had on my life. The world is a little less bright now that he is gone.
David Long
January 4, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences in the passing of your father. Dr. Madden was a favorite professor of mine at IPFW. I enjoyed his classes as an undergraduate and for my Master's classes also. He will certainly be missed.
Tedra Hemingway
Student
January 4, 2017
Sorry to learn of the death of my former colleague, Lowell Madden. I taught with him for 22 years at IPFW. My condolence to his daughter Beth. He made a significant contribution to his profession. I valued his friendship very much. May be rest in peace.---Jerry Rodriguez
Jerry Rodriguez
January 4, 2017
Beth, your dad was my favorite professor at IPFW. I had the privilege of taking several undergrad & graduate education classes from him.
He performed his magic show to my last elementary class before I retired. It was delightful!
I imagine he's probably working out something with God right now to start up a new course. It will include many "Beth moments" as Lowell always did during the instruction of his classes.
Cindy Curtis
Student
January 4, 2017
It was always a pleasure to chat with Lowell who was soft spoken and smiling. We shared office spaces at IPFW for a few years. After his retirement I had the chance to watch a magic show he preformed at Brentwood elementary in the K room. I was a tutor and invited to stay to enjoy his magic. What a lovely thing to do in retirement. It was clear he enjoyed the experience as much as the children.
We will miss him.
Lucy Hess
Coworker
January 4, 2017
Two quotes he shared: "To whom much is given, much is required." and "Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life's hard."
Mark Donaldson
January 4, 2017
Dr. Madden was the best college professor I had ever had. I was losing my passion for teaching and he renewed it. My favorite memory was when he would call us to tell us how proud he was of our recent paper. He never did give in to technology either so he had us submit papers with an envelope addressed to us so he could send us our papers back at the end of the semester. He always had a smile on his face. He made sure to always tell you how amazing you were. He was truly an incredible man! So sorry for your loss. May you know that he will live on in so many!
Jamie Holt
Student
January 3, 2017
Lowell was our best man 55 yrs. come this August at Simpson Methodist Church ..He has been an guardian angle with his beautiful Xmas Cards, checking in with
words of wisdom and ending with go IU...John and Lowell shared a love of
magic at a young age. The magic tricks became very important in our younger
years with doing those magic tricks with young people to set examples. We
shared theater , books and of course IU basketball. Lowell you will missed!
But we know you are with the angles! In Eccleslastes 3:4 There is a time to
weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.
John and Sara Beal
Friend
January 3, 2017
I am a former student. I took classes from him while working on my Masters Degree. Dr. Madden was an outstanding teacher and taught in a nontraditional creative way. I enjoyed the classes I took under his instruction. His passing is a great loss to the educational system.To his family I say:
Your loved one left a legacy
Of kindness, concern and good will
And as his example continues in you
His life's work will continue to be fulfilled.
Vera Scruggs-Drew
Friend
January 3, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart is sad to hear of Dr. Madden's passing. He was such a great teacher and person who modeled everything he taught at a level very unusual in a college setting. He was directly responsible for helping me to get my first job and I will remain forever grateful for his teaching and caring. He was incredibly kind and caring . . . Always in my memories. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely,
Marla McAfee
Marla McAfee (Shock)
Student
January 3, 2017
So saddened to hear about his passing, he was a wonderful teacher, mentor, and a kind compassionate human being. He always encouraged his students to think differently and creatively. The education world has lost a wonderful man.
BRANDY Grossnickle
January 3, 2017
Dr. Madden certainly had a passion for teaching! His quiet humor was infectious, from the way he scooted his feet towards his podium to his corny jokes and endless comic strips he would show on the overhead projector. He was a kind and gentle soul. He left a legacy to all who were lucky enough to sit in his classroom. Prayers for peace and comfort to his family.
Chris Smith
January 3, 2017
The best professor... Professor Madden was not only a teacher; he was a mentor for his students. So sorry for your loss. Know that his influence will continue...
Dawn Heche
January 3, 2017
With deepest sympathy to Beth, family, and friends. As one of the sixth grade students from his very first year of teaching at Leo Elementary (1959-60), he was loved and was a blessing to our young lives! He was a dear man and stayed in touch with many of us. He was my favorite teacher and influenced the attitudes I carried as I became an elementary teacher. Now, over 57 years later, he still holds a special place in my heart. Sincerely, Diana (Henry) Ream
January 3, 2017
Dr. Madden had an enthusiasm for teaching that was apparent in every conversation I ever had with him. He was a master of the "show not tell" method of teaching. He lived what he wanted his students to know. Most recently, I have regularly seen him at the grocery. We always spoke and his love of students and teachers and learning was still present and still a vital part of his personality. He influenced so many teachers and that is a legacy that will live on. I feel privileged to have known him.
Marlo Quick
January 3, 2017
Dr. Madden was one of the best professors I have ever had. He was funny, kind, and so wise. I use things I learned from him in my classroom everyday. May he rest in peace. Prayers are being sent for his family.
Rachel Kunkel
January 3, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about Lowell. He always cared about his students and others. A top notch educator. My condolences to Beth!
Sue Nelson
Teacher
January 3, 2017
Without question, the teacher having the greatest impact on me beginning as my 5th grade teacher in 1960 and continuing thru high school as my counselor, Grad School at IPFW and continually during my 40 years in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. What a kind, encouraging gentleman! May God be with daughter Beth and family.
Bill Hartman
January 3, 2017
Dr. Madden was a teacher I will never forget. He was kind, helpful, and he truly loved teaching. He modeled what it was to be a teacher passionate for his craft. I distinctly remember him writing the word "GROWTH" on the board during our methods classes. 18 years into my career, I tell my students the same. His lessons will live on.
Amber (Smith) Connors
January 3, 2017
I worked with Lowell at Leo High School. He was a great person to work with and deal with the students. They liked him a lot.. Hal Platt
January 3, 2017
He was one of my favorite professors. This surely is a loss to the educational community. Janet Bohney
January 3, 2017
Dr. Madden ~ He was a great teacher! After our formal interactions... when I would casually see him, he remembered our wonderful teaching and learning experiences together!

Retired Administrator, Carolyn Sleet
January 3, 2017
When I was a young girl and boy (in the words of Professor Madden) he saw my love of reading and inspired me to share it with young ones. I will never forget his classes or words of inspiration. He will always be a very special person who inspired one quiet young student.
January 3, 2017
What a wonderful friend, one that I treasure and hold dear in my heart. Dr. Madden made a profound positive difference in my life for which I will always be grateful.
Diane Riecken
Friend
January 3, 2017
Beth: Words are totally inadequate to express my extreme sorrow regarding your father's passing. I first met Lowell in 1952 at South Side High School. Sixty plus years of pleasant memories, including numerous hours on the golf course will be treasured by me always. You will continue to be in our prayers.
God bless!
Stan Hood
Stan Hood
Friend
January 3, 2017
Dr. Madden was my professor and friend at IPFW. I will remember him with all the love that he showed us 'cherubs' in his classes. He talked very fondly about his love of IU, his mother, daughter, and his red sports car. I've now been teaching for 20 years and my success is definitely due to his wisdom. Rest In Peace my friend.
Bridget Clements
January 3, 2017
Dr. Madden was one of the few professors I had that exhibited a true enthusiasm for teaching and children. His lessons will forever be ingrained in me as an educator. May his family be blessed with his memories and the memories others had of him.

Ps. Don't read Stone Fox to kids before reading the ending!
Jessica Rust
January 3, 2017
What a wonderful human being! I new him as a young child at Leo Elementary School, as a teenager at Leo High School and we remained friends in our adult lives. He was a joy to be with and will be missed, no doubt, by many, many people who were touched by him and his warm kindness. I will remember him with great respect and fondness. My most sincere sympathy to Beth, family and friends.
Jeanie Stelle
January 3, 2017
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