Lowell Hart Fewster
1939 - 2020
Lowell Hart Fewster, 81, died on May 28, at his home at Seabury in Bloomfield, CT, surrounded by his family. Lowell was born April 18, 1939, in Rochester, NY, to J. Donald and Alma Fewster (Hart). His journey continued to Princeton, NJ; Yola, Nigeria; Hartford, CT; and Madison, WI, with return trips to some. A lifelong learner, Lowell earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, Bachelor of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and masters and doctorate degrees in Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester. Passions throughout his life were his faith, peace and justice issues, and his hobby of photography. As an American Baptist Minister, Lowell pursued four distinct careers: pastor, campus minister, seminary administrator, and regional church leader. Lowell prepared for ministry in Rochester at Colgate Rochester Divinity School where he met his wife, Julie (Palmquist), a fellow divinity school student. In 1966, he was called as pastor of the Blue Hills Baptist Church in Hartford. In 1969, Lowell became a campus minister at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While in Madison, Jonathan (1970) and Sarah (1973) were born. Lowell returned to Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1976 as assistant to the president and later vice president for administration. In 1991, Lowell was called as executive minister for the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut, based in Hartford, retiring in 2004. Lowell was in one of the first U.S. Peace Corps contingents in Nigeria, serving in the early 1960s. Upon graduation from Princeton and a year at Harvard Divinity School considering a career in ministry, Lowell was unsure what direction he should take. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, he charted a new path in the Peace Corps, teaching secondary students for two years in Yola, Nigeria, helping to educate future leaders of a young nation. He was immensely proud that one of his students later founded American University of Nigeria. A talented photographer, Lowell started "making" pictures at age 6, on a second-hand 1917 box camera. He soon moved to other models and continued documenting his life and family trips. He built darkrooms in his Madison, WI, Rochester, NY, and Windsor, CT homes. In retirement, photography became a central focus, including travelling on international photographic expeditions to Guatemala, China, and Morocco, among other countries, and pursuing his interest in photographing disappearing barns in New England and across the country. Lowell organized multiple exhibits of his work, including photos of Connecticut River Valley barns, Cuba, Morocco, and Hartford's Colt Armory neighborhood. Lowell's photographs are featured in an award-winning book, "Preserving Old Barns" by John C. Porter and Francis E. Gilman. Lowell is survived by his wife of 54 years, Julie; his son, Jonathan and his wife Victoria Carter of Seattle, WA; his daughter Sarah White and her husband Robert of Queens, NY; his grandchildren Daniel and Annabelle, and two sisters Phyllis Rosser of Manhattan, NY, and Janet Bandur of Woodland Hills, CA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Foodshare (foodshare.org) or Fotokids (fotokids.org). In the coming weeks, First Church in Windsor (fcwucc.org) will host an online service celebrating Lowell's life.
Published by Hartford Courant on May 31, 2020.
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Dear Julie, I don't know if you will get to read this or not. I was going to contact Lowell and let him know that I just finished my spiritual austobiography and thought he might like to read it. I served under him for only a short time but was always grateful that I did. Always regarded him not just as a mentor but as a friend. He obviously led a life of profound service. My condolences. Pastsor John Luoma
john luoma
August 17, 2020
As a fellow classmate CRDS 1966, I never ceased to enjoy Lowell's (and Julie's) company - his bright and exploring mind and heart; and to follow his career as we took different paths. He is one of many people whose presence enriched me at the time ... and then whom I did not see again in person. Yet I followed him, and admire the way he lived his life as a clergy leader, a man, and a beloved spouse for so many faithful years. Cheers!
David Malone
David W Malone
June 10, 2020
Julie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Lowell. The notice indicates he (and you) had a very interesting life together. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.
George Bolduc
June 9, 2020
I will miss you a lot. Thank you for taking me into your loving Family. Thank you for showing me barns and helping me with my faith. I will remember you. Farewell
Barbara Upadek
June 7, 2020
Your dad was a pleasure to be around. Sarah, you and your family have my sympathy.
Richard E LaBossiere
June 5, 2020
Julie, I offer my prayers and sympathies on Lowell's passing. May you be comforted by grace the blessing of special memories. Donna Manocchio
Donna K Manocchio
June 5, 2020
Grateful for Lowell's life, condolences to Julie and family. We are at that age when we are losing so many who have meant so much to us. Blessings to all.
Joy Bergfalk
June 3, 2020
Ed and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Lowells passing. I worked with him for 5 years and we became good friends. He, along with the a former president of CRCDS, encouraged me to date my husband and we have been married for 30 years. Lowell was a wonderful friend and mentor to me during our years working together. It was a privilege to call him my friend. He will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Tricia Carey
June 3, 2020
Julie, my deepest sympathies to you on the death of your beloved husband and best friend. I always appreciated the moments when our paths would cross and we would shared delight at our occasionally overlapping journeys. I enjoyed reading this beautiful testament to Lowell's life, and I learned some new things along the way! You will be in my prayers in the hours, days, weeks, and months to come. May Comfort surround you and memories plant themselves right in your pocket for drawing on as you need them.
Jennifer Sanborn
June 2, 2020
I am so sorry to read this. Lowell was a man of exceptional kindness (to a new, untried colleague) and integrity (we sometimes disagreed. It never changed our mutual respect) To a world seeking justice and beauty more urgently than ever, this is a tremendous loss. My heart is with Julie and all Lowell's marvelous family. I am grateful to have known him. As the friend who just shared this news wrote: May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Indeed. And amen.
Carol Holtz-Martin
June 2, 2020
Oh Julie, Jon and Sarah:
I'm so sorry to hear this news. Lowell was a tremendous leader, prophet, friend, companion, husband, father, mentor and so much more. I will long remember with fondness our time together in Hartford, and even his visits to Minnesota to visit Jon. He was a deep thinker, but a deeper care-er. He touched so many lives. I'm getting ready to take to the streets in Minneapolis with other clergy to combat racism. I imagine him right by my side. Love to you all,
Doug Donley
June 2, 2020
Dear Julie, i was so sad to hear the news of Lowells passing. I know your heart is broken. May your 54 years of memories together and your family sustain you in the coming days ahead.
Love, Charlotte Massie, First Baptist West Hartford, CT.
Charlotte Massie
June 1, 2020
Dear Julie and the Fewster family:
Sandy joins me in sending you our most sincere condolences on the loss of Lowell.We remember so fondly meeting the both of you in the 60s when we all lived in Blue Hills area of Hartford. Lowell immediately became involved in helping work on many of the problems facing the area. He was insightful, helpful, and had a way of crystallizing the issues In order to better address the problems. We became good friends and I always valued his advice, his help,and his wisdom. Lowell always radiated a quiet calm but considerable strength and had a wonderful way of dealing and communicating with people.
I know words are often a little comfort at this time but I hope you and the family are comforted by the many warm and happy memories you have of him.
Again our deep regrets.
Most sincerely,
Howard and Sandy Klebanoff
Howard& Sandy Klebanoff
June 1, 2020
I regret that I met Rev. Dr. Fewster only once--while he was up here in New Hampshire taking pictures of important barns and other agricultural buildings, some of which years later are included in the recently published book on the subject by John Porter and Francis Gilman. In that brief encounter I found him to be a most congenial individual and I was very impressed with the breadth of his life experiences, as the obituary in The Courant certainly attests. My best wishes to the Fewster family. Steve Taylor, Meriden, N.H.
stephen taylor
June 1, 2020
Julie, Johnathan & Sarah - We are sending our thoughts & prayers to you from Rochester. Lowell was surely a unique and genuine person who walked in life with extreme dedication. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Dottie & Dick Goldan
May 31, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. We were very saddened to read of Lowell's passing. He was a great friend and neighbor and one of the finest people we have ever known. Love. Mike and Gayle OBrien
Michael OBrien
May 31, 2020
Lowell practiced the justice he preached, as was well-suited to serve our multi-racial, multi-ethnic denomination. His prophetic voice will be sorely missed in these days when out nation needs moral leadership. I am thankful for his faithful leadership as a teacher, pastor, chaplain, and Executive Minister. His courage in facing cancer was inspirational. May your faith give you comfort and strength as you celebrate Lowell's life and mourn his passing.
Rev. David Roones
May 31, 2020
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