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 Harmon Luther Lowman

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Harmon Luther Lowman

Birth
Staples, Guadalupe County, Texas, USA
Death 26 Jan 1964 (aged 69)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA
Plot Death certificate says Oakwood-Adickes
Memorial ID 32167857 View Source
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Harmon Lowman was the fourth president of Sam Houston State University (1942-1964).

He was educated in San Marcos and later volunteered for military service,serving with the 345th Field Artillery during WWI. After the war Lowman received degrees from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (B.A., 1924), the University of Texas (M.A., 1925), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1930). His career in education took him across Texas from public schools in Livingston and Baytown to Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College and Lee Junior College. After serving for a year as executive secretary of Southern Methodist University, Lowman became president of Sam Houston State Teachers College.

The campus grew dramatically during his tenure, especially in areas of residence halls and instructional facilities, and SHSU earned the claim as the first completely air-conditioned campus in the world. Lowman also secured Country Campus, a nearby World War II POW Camp, for only one dollar from the federal government. Lowman once said "I had rather be president of Sam Houston State than president of the United States."

Lowman married Marguerite Hightower on April 6, 1918.

The Lowman Student Center, started and almost completed during his tenure, was named in his honor.


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