Albert J. Lowe, age 75, passed away on Nov. 26, 2017, following a long illness. His wife, Cynthia (aka Calder), son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Suchaowana, were by his side during his final days.
Al served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, repairing aircraft. After an honorable discharge, he earned a college degree at SUNY at New Paltz, then completed a masters degree and a doctorate in education at Indiana University, Bloomington. He specialized in developing training programs for professionals and academics, using instructional systems technology. His long career in this field included employment in the Dallas County Community College District, management positions at several Silicon Valley firms, CNA Insurance, at a Department of Labor project at San Jose State University, and a lectureship in the graduate division of San Jose State University.
Al had a lifelong interest in preparing fine foods, which he pursued with enthusiasm as a paid academic coach at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, and student at the Columbia College Culinary Program. He shared those skills as a volunteer, bringing meals to firefighters in the Sierra Foothills and to the homeless through “Loaves and Fishes” in San Jose and an outreach organization at the Church of the 49ers in Columbia, as well as through a Tuolumne project called “On the House,” which served between 200 and 300 people a hot breakfast. He will also be remembered for mentoring boys through Big Brothers, Mentoring Works at the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, and performing the role of Santa Claus at many nonprofit events from 1973 to 2012.
For close to 50 years, Al was married to Cynthia (aka Calder) Lowe. In addition to building a family together, they jointly founded the critically acclaimed Dragonfly Press.