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William T. Lowe

March 24, 2016
Lake Placid News

William Thomas Lowe, 95 - writer, advertising man, pilot and restaurateur - died Friday, March 4, 2016, at his home in Plattsburgh's Lake Forest Senior Living Community.

Mr. Lowe was born on March 8, 1920, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Dr. William T. Lowe and Mattie Fox Lowe.

A devotee of flying, he joined the Air Force upon his graduation from Vanderbilt University in 1941 and served as a pilot in World War II. After the war, Mr. Lowe began a career in advertising that took him to Philadelphia and New York City to work with clients such as Pan American Airways.

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On vacations from the city, he and his wife Jo - the former Joan Coulon of Detroit - grew to love the Adirondack region. Mr. Lowe left advertising in 1965 to buy a small restaurant in Wilmington, near Lake Placid, that he and Jo named the Hungry Trout. They operated the restaurant successfully for many years before selling it in 1982 and retiring to AuSable Forks, where they opened a stable and raised various animals, including peacocks.

As he traversed all these careers, Mr. Lowe was conducting yet another: writing mystery stories, most of which were published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Many of his stories were set in the Adirondacks countryside. They appeared in anthologies such as "Murder Intercontinental" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Tales of the Supernatural and the Fantastic," and were collected in three books: "After the Summer People Leave," "In Case of Ghost" and "Felony in the Forest."

In his later life, Mr. Lowe was proud to support young people in the region around Plattsburgh through a scholarship program that he created and endowed for students interested in writing.

Mr. Lowe was predeceased by his wife and his sister, Mary Lena Lowe Kennedy, and is survived by a nephew and three nieces.

Services were private; interment will be in Jay Cemetery. The Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home was in care of arrangements. Online condolences and to light a candle may be offered at



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