Richard Barrett Lowe


Richard Barrett Lowe Famous memorial

Madison, Lake County, South Dakota, USA
Death 16 Apr 1972 (aged 69)
Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
Burial Madison, Lake County, South Dakota, USA
Plot Block 16 Lot 14 Grave 10
Memorial ID 52493811 View Source

US Territorial Governor. He graduated from Eastern State Teachers College (now South Dakota State University) in 1929. Lowe later received a master's degree from the University of South Dakota. He became a teacher and school superintendent and served as President of the South Dakota Education Association. In February 1946, he became the Dean of Nebraska State Teachers College (now Peru State College). During World War II Lowe served in the US Navy as commander of the V-12 Officer Training Program at the University of Nebraska and Creighton University, later carrying out assignments on Guam and Okinawa. In 1953 he was appointed Governor of American Samoa, where he helped foster tuna canning, now one of the territory's primary industries. In 1956 Lowe was named Governor of Guam. In this position he began the process of converting the government from a US Navy administration to one run by civilians, including the appointment of Chamorros (indigenous Pacific islanders) to office. After leaving the governorship in 1960 Lowe settled in Alexandria, Virginia, where he restored historic dwellings, including the George Washington Townhouse, a 1769 structure which was torn down in 1855. Lowe recreated it using bricks and stones excavated from the original home site, which he erected on the original foundation.

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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 17 May 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 52493811
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Barrett Lowe (8 Jul 1902–16 Apr 1972), Find a Grave Memorial ID 52493811, citing Graceland Cemetery, Madison, Lake County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .