Tributes

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Following is a tribute written by one of Dr. Lowy’s former students whose name remains anonymous. This appeared first in The Pitt News on Monday January 5, 1942 and then was read more than 17 years later by Dr. Alexander Silverman Professor and Head, Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, at the conclusion of the Dedication Ceremony in Clapp Hall on May 25, 1959.

"On Christmas Day, after a long illness, Professor Alexander Lowy of the Chemistry Department passed from this life. Yet, in the hearts of his students, his colleagues, and his many friends, he will live forever.

For three days I stood near his bier, and watched the long lines of men and women, young and old, rich and poor, famous and obscure, as they silently filed by in a last token of their respect. For over twenty years he taught at Pitt, instilling into all in contact with him, his own dynamic enthusiasm, generosity, and friendliness.

He was a man of wide interests and accomplishments, and in high regard in the scientific world. He held many patents and responsible offices, and wrote numerous papers and books contributing to chemical knowledge, yet his door was always open to the humblest of us.

Despite his high position and eminence, he was never too occupied to give freely of his time, of his advice, even of himself. He showed a genuine and sincere interest in those whom he helped – the young research men working under him, the fraternity boys whom he advised, and the many students whom he guided on the way to knowledge and to positions in the chemical industry.

His passing leaves in the hearts of all who knew him, a gap that cannot be filled. There is none to take his place. We need erect no monument as a token of honor; even his many achievements are not necessary to perpetuate his memory.

At a premature age he has gone to his reward, but there are hundreds who knew and worked with him, just a little wiser, a little kinder, a little happier because they could call such a man a friend.

Of him, it may be truly said, ‘The memory of the good is a blessing.’ As long as any of us lives, such a tribute can never due.”      


Noteable descriptions from articles and other literature.

"was among the first in the Disciplines, particularly the Natural Sciences, of the University of Pittsburgh, who was genuinely concerned for research”

"type of worker that carries on enthusiastically and efficiently any job that is given him"

"a scientist of worldwide fame"

“great student”

“ardent research worker”

“reached his pinnacle as a teacher”

“constantly active and inspiring”

“was a profound influence”

“lectured extensively”

“revered by his students”

“Internationally recognized”

“brilliant but humble”

“compassionate”

“taught by example what it means to be a man”

 “was feared and revered"

"Has Intense energy"

"Had wide acquaintance"

"His always dignified but genial personality"

"His sound scholarship and wise administration"

"Has an established reputation for being a hard worker"

 “Live-wire specialist”

“a test tube master”