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Dr. Betty Lowe (1934 - 2013)

Update March 20, 2013:

A memorial service for Dr. Betty Lowe will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:00 P.M. in the Children's Hall in East Campus on the ACH campus.  All are welcome to attend.

Dr. Betty Lowe, who retired in 2001 after more than 25 years of service at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, passed away lMarch 5, 2013, at UAMS. She would have celebrated her 79th birthday on March 23. Dr. Lowe, who played a major role in the effort to make ACH a leader in pediatric medical care, was appointed to the joint position of director of Pediatric Education at ACH and professor of pediatrics at UAMS in June 1975. In May 1976, Dr. Lowe was named medical director of ACH.

“It is a very sad day for us here at Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” said ACH President and CEO Dr. Jonathan Bates. “On behalf of all of us here at ACH, we will be eternally grateful to Dr. Lowe, who dedicated her life to the service of the children of Arkansas and to the education of those who serve them. She was their advocate, healer and friend. In fact, she was a friend to us all. I cannot imagine ACH without Dr. Lowe, but her spirit permeates everything we do.”
 
Dr. Lowe also served as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics between 1993 and 1994, after holding the position of vice president the previous year. She was elected to the national leadership post by the entire academy, becoming the first Arkansas pediatrician to serve as both AAP district chair and president.

From the July 2001 issue of Vital Signs:  Looking back on her time at ACH Dr. Lowe says, “If there’s one word to describe the staff of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, that word is ‘commitment.’” She added, “I hope I can continue to be a part of Arkansas Children’s Hospital in some way.” No one who knows Dr. Betty Lowe has any doubt about that hope becoming a reality.

Dr. Lowe did indeed remain connected with ACH in the years following her retirement, serving as author of the weekly statewide newspaper column, “Ask Dr. Lowe,” distributed by ACH Public Relations. She served as Medical Director Emeritus and Board Member Emeritus for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Betty A. Lowe, MD, is the namesake of the Betty A. Lowe, MD, Award, which is given annually by the ACH Foundation “to an individual who through personal initiative, service and leadership has made a significant contribution to the health and well-being of the children of Arkansas. The award is presented during the annual ACH Ruth Olive Beall & Betty A. Lowe, MD Awards physician recognition program.”

Dr. Lowe was interviewed for the ACH Centennial documentary, “A Birthday of Birthdays,” which was broadcast in 2012.  Here’s a brief portion of that interview, an ACH Centennial Moment with Dr. Lowe. As part of that program, Dr. Tom Ed Townsend said of Dr. Lowe, “I think the greatest contribution Betty Lowe made to Children’s is that she made it what it is today. I think she had as much to do with the care and activities and the dealings with it. I think Betty Lowe took over something that was in distress and had made it something that ranks among the great children’s hospitals in the United States.”
 
We will keep you apprised of details as they become available. This announcement will be posted on Vital Signs eNews. We encourage you to share your stories and fond memories of Dr. Lowe in the comments section at the bottom of the story.

Update: March 13, 2013

This past weekend friends, family and colleagues remembered Dr. Betty A. Lowe at a graveside service in Bluffton, Ark. Please watch staff communications for more details on an ACH memorial service that will be held to honor Dr. Lowe in early April.

You may visit the Cornwell Funeral Home website for more details by following clicking here.

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Update March 20, 2013:

A memorial service for Dr. Betty Lowe will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:00 P.M. in the Children's Hall in East Campus on the ACH campus.  All are welcome to attend.