|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1893|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1969|
The Emporia Gazette
Eugene T. Lowther
Eugene T. Lowther, Editor Emeritus of The Emporia Gazette, and a newspaperman since his grade school days, died Friday night in Newman Memorial County Hospital. Mr. Lowther started as a Gazette carrier when he was a seventh grade student, contributed items when he was a high school student and became a part-time reporter while a student at the University of Kansas. He was on the staff of the El Dorado Republican for a brief period before World War I, then returned after the war, with a distinguished record of military service, to The Gazette. Since then he had served as reporter, advertising manager, editor, business manager and co-publisher. In recent years, since his retirement, he has written a great deal of feature material, much of it concerning the historical background of Emporia, and he has compiled the "Smiles" column.
Mr. Lowther was born Sept. 12, 1893, in Lawrence, the son of Lloyd A. and Lauretta Thistle Lowther, and he came with his parents in 1897 to Emporia, where his father was superintendent of city schools until his retirement in 1935. Eugene Thistle Lowther was married to Isobel Milne on Sept. 3, 1928, in Atchison. He attended the Union Grade School and Emporia High School and he was a student at the College of Emporia before he entered the University of Kansas, where he was graduated in 1916.
In his newspaper career, which spanned more than 60 years, he had been involved in every facet of the business. Starting as a carrier boy and a high school news writer, he later became a reporter, then during subsequent years was advertising manager, business manager, and co-publisher. He had been an editorial writer for many years and had written a number of feature articles, many of them based on a study of early-day Emporia history. He had been a regular contributor since his retirement.
Mr. Lowther's career was interrupted during World War I, when he went into active service with Emporia's Company L [35th Division, 137th Infantry]. He was a corporal, then a sergeant and served abroad until the Armistice was signed. He remained in France for a year after the close of the war in order to take a post-graduate course at Sorbonne University in Paris.
E.T. Lowther was a 50-year member of the Ball-McColm Post of the American Legion and he had been a trustee for many years of the William Allen White Foundation. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Rotary Club, the Current Club and Emporia Masonic Lodge 12, A.F. and A.M., and he had been a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity while an undergraduate student.
He is survived by his wife [Isobel J. Milne], of the home, 807 Sherwood Way; one son, James Eugene Lowther, Emporia; one sister, Miss Kathleen Lowther, Oklahoma City, OK; and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Anne Lowther.
Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Monday in the Blair Colonial Chapel. They will be conducted by the Rev. Samuel B. Maier, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The casket will be open in the funeral home this evening, Sunday and Monday morning, but it will not be open during the services. Members of the family have announced that a memorial fund has been established in the Emporia Public Library.
Lloyd Alonzo Lowther (1857 - 1936)
Lauretta D. Thistle Lowther (1860 - 1934)
Isobel Jane Milne Lowther (1905 - 1982)
James Eugene Lowther (1929 - ____)*
Eugene Thistle Lowther (1893 - 1969)
Kathleen Lowther (1895 - 1982)*
Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery
Plot: Section A - Lot 131 - Space 4
Created by: Becky Doan
Record added: Jan 18, 2006
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