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Obituary: Virginia Brown Lowe '41

Virginia Brown Lowe 1919-2011. Ginny was born in Brooklyn, New York, but was brought up in Westfield, New Jersey. There she was Valedictorian of her high school graduating class of 217, played first trumpet in the school band and was the runner-up for the "Girls' Eastern States" tennis championship. In June, 1941, Antioch College awarded her a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education "with distinctions" (with a minor in mathematics.) In that month she married Vincent Lowe, a classmate, who graduated from Antioch in 1940. They settled in Chicago. Soon thereafter she became a statistical analyst for a Chicago mail order firm. After the U.S. entered World War II, she supervised clerks at the University of Chicago in the department which trained naval cadets in electronics. She and Vince had three children. Her wisdom and support were major factors in helping them become accomplished adults. In New Jersey, she won several local tennis competitions. The owner of some pay-to-play tennis courts hired her to play on them against clients who wanted to practice against a strong opponent. She became a tennis teacher. But her fundamental interest was in helping kids learn. So she became librarian in an elementary school in Alpine, New Jersey. There, for many years, she found satisfaction in developing for each class a reading program that implemented the teaching objectives of the teacher. She liked to create. So she braided rugs, carved birds and fish out of slabs of wood. She did wonders with a sewing machine. For each family celebration, she delighted in creating a super meal. And at each house in which they lived she created a beautiful flower garden. She and Vince shared many recreational interests. They raced their small sailboat in Hudson River regattas, cruised on large sailboats in the Caribbean, traveled to England and Europe four times and went on many camping trips. In 1983 they moved to McMinnville. Here Ginny found pleasure in frequent contacts with her two daughters, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She worked in her garden, flew kites at the beach, helped Hispanic children learn to read English, played tennis, swam in the city's pool, discussed books with a book study group, played a trumpet in the Second Winds Community Band. Local kin whom she leaves behind are her husband, Vincent; her daughter, Jennifer Trumbo; granddaughters, Julia Primozich and Karie Trumbo; two great-granddaughters; and son, Dr. Beal Lowe of Columbus, OH. Other survivors are in Ohio, Texas, England and Denmark. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beth Lowe, who died in McMinnville.