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1851 1853 1872 1886 1889 1901 1910 1911 1912 1912 - 1915 1915 1917 1918 - 1921 1919 1920 1921 1921 - 1941 1922 1929 1931 1934 1937 1941 1942 1959
 

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1851 His father David Lowy is born in Pecel, Hungary
1853 His mother Fani Weisz is born in Ggyongyos, Hungary
1872 His parents are married  May 26, 1872
1886 Dora Landberg is born Jan 3, 1886
1889 Alexander is born in Hungary on October 30, 1889
1901 The family arrives August 6, 1901 at Ellis Island in America on the German steamship Konigin Luise
1910 His mother Fani dies April 13, 1910
1911 Alex graduates University of Columbia with a Bachelor of Science
1911 Becomes the first Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity pledge at Columbia – Gamma Chapter
1912 Earns his Master of Arts degree at Columbia
1912 - 1915 Becomes Assistant in Electrochemistry at Columbia
1915 Earns his Ph.D. from Columbia. The Preparation, Composition and Properties of Silundum - Dissertation submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in the Faculty of Pure Science, of Columbia University
1915 Alex marries Dora Landberg on December 23, 1915
1917 Daughter Evelyn is born Dec 2, 1917
1918 - 1921 Becomes Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh
1919 Helps start the SAM Fraternity Psi Chapter at Pitt
1920 Daughter Muriel is born April 10, 1920
1921 His father dies August 8. 1921
1921 - 1941 Becomes Professor of Organic Chemistry at University of Pittsburgh
1922 Son Alexander, Jr. is born March 9, 1922
1929 He took his family for the summer to England and continental Europe where he made a study of the universities and industrial establishments
1931 The SAM Psi Chapter pledges make the presentation of a Scholarship Cup to Dr. Lowy
1934 Dr Alexander Lowy meets Albert Einstein in Pittsburgh at a conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Mid 1930s In the mid 1930s he was chosen by secret ballot as one of the University Council, (the Power of Pitt’s student and professional affairs) elected as one of three from the entire College to serve on a committee for tenure, budget and other pertinent school legislation
1937 He became the National Scholarship Chairman for SAM Fraternity
1941 Becomes exchange Professor at the University of Southern California
1941 Alex succumbs to pancreatic cancer in Pittsburgh, Pa on December 25, 1941
1942 A color portrait painting of Dr. Lowy was presented to the Univ. of Pgh. by his students
1942 The Interfraternity Scholarship Cup of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity was renamed the Dr. Alexander Lowy Scholarship Cup
1959

Dedication of the Alexander Lowy Memorial Seminar Room in Clapp Hall.
In his acceptance speech representing the University at the May 25, 1959 Ceremony, Chancellor Edward H. Litchfield said, “I doubt if many of you know that this is the first time that a family from its own resources has made such a gift to the University for a former member of the family and a former member of the faculty”.