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Alfred H. Lowe, Jr.
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
    1935 The Plaza
    Schenectady, NY 12309
  • Schenectady Inner-City Ministry
    930 Albany Street
    Schenectady, NY 12305

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“While we did not know Al as well as most of the posters, we were enchanted with his warmth and wonderful stories....not to mention his homemade bread...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Jim and Katherine Cronn - NY

“A kinder, gentler soul could hardly be found here on earth. It was wonderful to have Al across the street all these years, gracing our lives with...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Zal - Niskayuna, NY

“Kabby- We were so sorry to learn of Al's passing, yet, in a way, happy as well. We will always remember how kind, thoughtful, and soft-spoken he was...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Marilyn Dare - Niskayuna, NY

“When I moved to Schenectady in 1993 to assume the position as the Executive Director of the YWCA, Al came to my office on my very first day to...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Rowie Taylor - Schenectady, NY

“It was an honor to know Al. His life was a blessing to all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lowe family. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Dawn and Ben Tonneau - Niskayuna, NY

“I enjoyed the honor of knowing Al as a member of the Schenectady Rotary Club where he served with distinction for many years, particularly as...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Mark Sheehan - Schenectady, NY

“Mr. Lowe Jr. lived a full long life. One day "all those in the memorial tombs will... come out" John 5:28,29. Sincerly Zyniell ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Zyniell - Friend

“Dear Kabby - Dennis learned of Al's passing last evening when he sat w/Fr. James at the CRTC dinner. You and Al were among the first people to...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Barbara Wisnom - Schenectady, NY

“Betsy and Kabby, So sorry for your loss, I bet Al is looking down and smiling at you (with his dish of ice cream) and finally pain free. Hugs to you...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Ruth Burnell - Tupper Lake, NY

“Dear Betsy and Family: So sorry to hear of Al's passing, he was a great man who lived a wonderful life! Thoughts are with all of you at this...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Marci Bencze - Tupper Lake, NY


Alfred H. Lowe Jr, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Niskayuna on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with his family by his side.

Al was born on June 20, 1926 in Paterson, NJ, the son of the late Alfred H. Lowe, Sr., and Jennie Croucher Lowe and grew up on the family farms in Fairlawn and then Clifton, NJ. He graduated with the class of 1948 from Princeton University with a BSE in electrical engineering, followed by an MBA from The University of Michigan in 1951. Al's education at Princeton was interrupted to serve in the US Army Signal Corps in the Philippines during WW II culminating as a Second Lieutenant.

Al worked for GE Company for 35 years, in a variety of sales, marketing and strategic planning roles while working in Schenectady, Lynn MA, Philadelphia and Allentown, PA and San Francisco, CA, retiring in 1986. He loved the Upstate NY region immensely and was active in leadership and board positions in a wide variety of community and regional not-for-profit organizations throughout his working and retirement years. He was a devoted family man and loved the beauty of the Adirondacks where he enjoyed the outdoors with family and friends at his second home at Deerland on Long Lake.

He served as officers directors and active member of many community organizations including President of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society of the Capital District; Board of the Human Services Planning Council of Schenectady; Board of the United Way of Schenectady; President of Schenectady Rotary; Leadership for the $3.8 million Joint Capital Fund Drive, "Nine for the Nineties,"(nine human services agencies in the Schenectady area); and Chairman of the "Hunger Study" for Schenectady County and member of associated implementation team. He was active with the Junior League; the Hunger Action Network of NYS; the Northeastern Regional Food Bank, the Council of Community Services of NYS and the Ellis Hospital Foundation Board. He was on many civic Boards including the Schenectady Museum as well as serving as its Interim Director in 1996; YMCA Senior Housing Project; Annie Schaffer Senior Center; Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks; and Adirondack Mountain Club Cold River Chapter as Board Delegate. Al believed strongly in helping further higher education and served as President of the Princeton Alumni Association of Northern, NY; a member of the Union College Protestant Ministry Board, Senior Warden of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Schenectady spearheading two capital campaigns; and Treasurer of Church of the Transfiguration (Summer Chapel) on Blue Mountain Lake.

For his devotion to community service, Al was a Recipient of several awards including the Katherine S. Rozendaal Award for outstanding volunteer leadership by the Human Services Planning Council; the Sister Serena award for helping improve the quality of life in the Capital District by the Council of Community Services; and the Senior Elfun (GE) award for community service; and outstanding service recognitions from Capital District Travelers Aid, Hunger Action Network of NYS and Ellis Hospital Foundation, among others.

Al is survived by his wife of 60 years, Katharine Lydecker Lowe; children Dr. Charles L. Lowe of Camp Hill, PA (wife Jeanne Merle Lowe and sons Jeremy and Peter), daughter Elizabeth M. Lowe of Lake Placid, NY (children Christopher and Caroline Verner); son James A. Lowe of Virginia Water, England (wife Jane Urquhart Lowe and children James D., Mary Alexandra and John U.);and pre-deceased in 2005 by his beloved daughter Louise Mary Lowe (husband Don Lewis Millard of Oakton, VA and children Lea, Lydia and Theo Scafidi, and Zach and Leah Millard). He is also survived by his brother Charles Lowe (wife BJ), sister Marilyn Murphy (husband William deceased), sister Marjorie Atkinson (husband John), sister-in-law Louise Gregg (husband William deceased), brother-in-law Leigh K. Lydecker, Jr. (wife Jane), brother-in-law Gerrit V. Lydecker (wife Brenda). He was also predeceased by his sister Emily Metcalf and brother-in-law Rev. William Lydecker.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service for the Burial of the Dead on Saturday, October 6th, 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1935 The Plaza, Schenectady. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Al's memory can be made to Saint Stephen's Church, Schenectady Inner-City Ministry, Church of the Transfiguration in Blue Mountain Lake, The Wild Center Natural History Museum, Adirondack Wild/Friends of the Forest Preserve, Community Hospice of Schenectady or another charity of choice.