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Russell Howells Lowe, 1949-2017
January 27, 2017


Los Angeles Times obituary: 

Russell Howells Lowe


April 19, 1949 - January 27, 2017 Russ was a devoted husband, wise father and constant brother. It is a diminished world now without him for all his friends and family, including wife Kathy, son Taylor and daughter-in-law Malavika Reddy, as well as his three brothers (Steven, Ralph and Douglas) and their families. 


Russ was born in Salt Lake City, the son of Waynard W. Lowe, MD, and Jean Flint Lowe. The Lowes moved to Fullerton in the 1950s, where Russ attended Sunny Hills High School (class of '67). There he was a star basketball player and student government leader. 


After earning a B.S. in Political Science at the University of Utah in 1971, Russ spent three years as the captain of a reef netting salmon fishing boat in the San Juan Islands, where he lured young men from several states to fish with him. During the same period he was an international hitchhiker, making two transcontinental treks and a six month journey across North Africa from Marrakesh to the Libyan border, up and down the Nile and through Greece, Yugoslavia and, finally, Paris. He was an innovative and intrepid traveler. 


Russ earned a J.D. from the University of Utah in 1976, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor of the Utah Law Review. He then practiced law in Salt Lake City for twelve years, specializing in commercial real estate transactions.


In 1988 Russ and Kathy moved to Irvine, where Russ began his career with The Irvine Company's Retail Properties division, first as General Counsel and eventually as Senior Vice President of Operations. He was responsible for marketing, leasing and managing the company's 7+ million square feet of shopping centers. He loved his work and was very, very good at it. 


Russ retired in 2011. Russ was renowned for his wisdom, quick wit and quirky humor. As a practicing Buddhist, he was keenly aware of the impermanence of all things. He loved time with family, spoiling his dogs, traveling the world, fly fishing, golf and, after retirement, providing pro bono counsel and assistance to various charitable and non-profit educational groups. 


Russ will always be missed by all who loved and respected him, all who laughed at his jokes and grinned at his wit. We will remember his generosity, empathy and his persistent need to make sure everyone around him was comfortable and amused, their glasses full and plates groaning. He saw things most of us didn't see and had the skill to describe them. We all learned from Russ and those lessons linger.


Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2017



Earlier SPOON obituary:
Russell died this week in Newport Beach, CA, following surgery. He leaves his wife, Kathy; his son, Taylor; three brothers, many relatives, and many more friends.
Russell was a retired senior vice president at the Irvine Company, where he was in charge of retail development. Since his retirement several years ago, he and his family traveled extensively in Asia and elsewhere.  
At Sunny Hills High School, Russell served in student government and as an officer in clubs, and as a varsity football and basketball player. Basketball was his favorite sport and years later, he was overjoyed to have Coach Russell Hawk as his house guest in Turtle Ridge, Irvine. 
Russell was educated at Golden Hill Elementary School, Wilshire Junior High School and Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, and at  the University of Utah and University of Utah Law School,  Order of The Coif and Law Review Editor.  He practiced law in Salt Lake City, Utah for nearly ten years before moving to Irvine, CA,  back to Orange County.   
His parents were Dr. Waynard Lowe, MD and Mrs. Jean Lowe. 
In recent years, Russell maintained a home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, not far from his brother Steven, ’63. 
Russell was a man of wisdom and humility.  He was known by all for his quick wit and legendary sense of humor. He was very clearly aware of the impermanence of all things. He had a great gift of kindness and love. He enjoyed being with his family, reading, basketball, trout fishing and hiking. 
At Sunny Hills, he was one of our leaders, a leader in the quiet, strong manner of his father, Dr. Lowe.   
Time and again, Russell urged us to be kind, to be warm, and to be happy: Namaste. 
He enriched our lives and brought us joy and friendship. 
There will be a memorial wake at some later date. 
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Paul Saevig, ‘67 on June 10, 2017 at 5:43 PM said:


Nathan Brian Watanabe, ‘67 on June 10, 2017 at 4:50 PM said:

Rest in Peace, Russ.
In heaven there are many rooms. Christ described it thus.
can see you in my heart.
Jeff Nix, '67 on February 4, 2017 at 7:13 AM said:

Russ was another one of the good guys. He always encouraged good sportsmanship. I knew him from "B" Basketball our Freshman year at SHHS. RIP, Russ.
Steven Lowe on February 1, 2017 at 8:37 AM said:

I am Russell's brother. I love Russ very much. We were close brothers for 68 years but even closer friends.
We truly appreciate the warm expressions from Russ's SHHS friends.
He was a unique person, kind in his heart and exuberant in his life.
Indeed, he would remind us that this is all very impermanent and nameeste.
Thank you all and The Spoon. Steven Lowe
Holly Cresswell Miller, '68 on January 29, 2017 at 3:55 PM said:

I remember Russell fondly, especially from the days we were in the same fifth/sixth grade class at Golden Hill. He was always so sweet to me, as I recall he was to everyone. I was blessed to know him. My heartfelt sympathy to his wife and son.
Rodney Handsfield, MD., ‘67 on January 28, 2017 at 1:52 PM said:

Russell was my dearest friend. He is missed greatly. Rest in Peace or as Russ would always say, namaste, "I bow to the divine in you."
Bill Brehm, ‘66 on January 28, 2017 at 1:07 PM said:

I’m so sorry to hear of Russell’s passing.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Paul Saevig, ‘67 on January 27, 2017 at 4:27 PM said:

I’m remembering how Russ used to take a hands-on interest in the Irvine Company malls he was responsible for, and maybe Fashion Island in particular, because one of his offices was there. I’d often see him leading a flock of young VPs at lunch, as many as 6 or 8 of them, all in their business suits, as he led them like a benevolent shepherd past the shops and into a restaurant. On weekends, he would sometimes wear a baseball cap, dark glasses, a shirt and jacket and casual pants, and lurk silently to see how things were working. One time I stood outside a doggie food store owned by a ’64 Lancer’s wife, in the smaller area on Avocado. It was parade day for dogs and their owners, a big crowd, and Roger Naff, ’64 was the MC. I turned around and there stood Russ, silent as a hunter. Surprised, I said, “Russ? Hello!” He smiled slightly and said, “Hi, Paul.” Ha ha ha!

He really cared about his work,doing his best for Mr. Bren, and teaching his young executives.
Wayne Redfearn, ‘65 on January 27, 2017 at 2:55 PM said:

Saddened to hear of Russ's passing. I remember him well from our days at SHHS. As I recall, he was freshman class president. I’m sorry our paths did not cross since our SHHS days but will cherish our SHHS friendship.

RIP, my fellow Lancer.
Barb Smith Whitfield, ‘67 on January 27, 2017 at 2:31 PM said:

I remember Russell very well. He was a kind, gentle person and always considerate of his classmates. He will be missed.

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