Obituary of James Lowe

Dr. James A. Lowe, 90, a long time Iowa City area veterinarian died Monday, July 3, 2017.
Memorial services will be held at 2pm Friday, July 7, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, where following the services a time of fellowship and refreshments will be held.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in his memory to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice.  To share a memory, thought or condolence please go to the funeral home website @
James Andrew Lowe was born August 9, 1926, in Memphis, TN, the son of Lawrence and Lena Lowe.  Following graduation from high school in Memphis, Jim enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps serving during WWII.  Returning from service he received an undergraduate degree in business from Phoenix College. He then attended Colorado State for his Veterinary Medicine Degree. While there, he met and married the love of his life, Gwendolyn J. Keating. After graduation, Jim and Gwen moved to Woodstock, Illinois where he worked as a large animal veterinarian. In 1957 they bought a small practice in Iowa City and then in 1965 they built a new clinic specializing in small animals.  Dr. Loren Maas joined his practice, and over the years, other doctors joined their practice.
Jim was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Iowa City Rotary Club, I-Club, Mercy Foundation, State Veterinary Examining Board, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, Visiting Nurses Association and other community and professional organizations.   In his youth he was a Golden Gloves Boxer. He was a Boy Scout Leader for his son’s pack and an avid reader. The great passions in his life besides his beloved family, were Hawkeye sports, golf and playing poker with his buddies. His son, Steve,was a very successful women’s collegiate volleyball coach, and Jim was one of his biggest fans.  Jim was so very proud of his children, and later his grandchildren.
His family includes his wife, Gwen, daughter and her husband, Kathleen Lowe and Victor Harris; two grandsons, Jeff Lowe, and Ian Lowe, Ian’s wife, Soumya and their two children, Kai and Yara; Jim’s brother, Phillip and his wife, Monique also survive. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Steve; sister, Ann and brother, Laurence.
Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Jim’s family and his services.