Remembering Dr. Betty Lowe 1934-2013

The Arkansas’ medical community is morning the loss of one of their dearly beloved pediatric physicians Dr. Betty Ann Lowe.  Dr. Lowe passed away on March 5, 2013 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  Dr. Betty Ann Lowe was born in Grapevine, Texas in 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression.  Lowe’s parents relocated her and their three other children to northwest Arkansas.  In 1944 the Lowe’s moved to Yell County where her parents worked for the Fourche Valley High School.

Excelling at a young age, Dr. Lowe finished high school by age sixteen and went on to earn a Bachelors of Science from the University of Arkansas.  Pursuing her medical degree, Dr. Lowe attended the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, now the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she began her life long journey in pediatric medicine.  After graduating first in her class in 1956, Dr. Lowe headed north to continue her medical education as a resident with the Children’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  Dr. Lowe went on to share her knowledge and expertise as an instructor at Harvard Medical School.   In the early 1960s, Dr. Lowe soon returned to her southern roots to pursue a private practice in Texarkana until 1975.  Dr. Lowe returned to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and UAMS where she would inspire, aid, teach, profess, lead, care, and dedicate the rest of her life to pediatric medicine.  Dr. Lowe, based on the nomination by Rep. Vic Snyder, became the Medical Director of Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1977.  Dr. Lowe employed her vast experience as a primary care practitioner, hospital administrator, and pediatric professor and under her direction the institution grew to one of the “largest and best children’s hospitals in the country.”  In addition to medical director, Dr. Lowe also served the UAMS College of Medicine as both a Professor of Pediatrics and the Associate Dean for Children’s Affairs.  Dr. Lowe was the inaugural recipient of the Harvey and Bernice Jones Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics at UAMS.

In addition to serving Arkansas, Dr. Lowe also served the American Academy of Pediatrics holding the position of vice president between 1992 and 1993 and then president the following year.   

She received numerous awards for her resolute service including the Golden Apple Teaching Award from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences School of Medicine in 1980, the Arkansas Caduceus Club Distinguished Faculty Award in 1982, the President’s 75th Anniversary Award at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1985, the Paul Harris Fellow Award of Rotary International in 2000, the UAMS Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievements in Science and Medicine in 2002.  She also received a one-million-dollar trust endowment as the Harvey and Bernice Jones Chair in Pediatrics in 1997. 

Dr. Lowe is remembered for her veracious and pragmatic approach to pediatric medicine.  Numerous students, patients, colleagues, and families across the nation ardently remember Dr. Lowe and how she touched each one of their lives.  Dr. Lowe endlessly praised the committed staff at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and continued to actively remain an advocate even after her retirement in 2001. 

Friends, family, and colleagues remembered Dr. Betty A. Lowe at a graveside service in Bluffton, Ark. on March 9, 2013.  You may visit the Cornwell Funeral Home website for more details by following clicking here.

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.