SEBRING - Lowell W. Herron, 96, of Copeland Oaks, Sebring, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 in Salem, Ohio.
Born in Salem on Feb. 20, 1916, he was the son of the late James and Susan (Sell) Herron.
He was preceded in death Sept. 29, 1992, by his wife Mary Shriver Herron, whom he married in 1950.
A graduate of Salem High School in 1933, he went on to obtain his B.S. from Kent State University and a M.A. from the State University of Iowa and did advanced studies at Ohio State University. Over the course of his career he was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Clarkson College of Technology, Kent State University, and Inter American University.
From 1940-1966 he worked at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York, starting out as a professor in the Department of Business Administration and moving into college administration. From there he moved to San German, Puerto Rico where he was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Inter American University for three years, followed by his final position as Vice President for Financial Affairs from 1969-1983 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, New York. In addition Lowell was an industrial consultant for numerous companies including: Alcoa, Racquette River Paper Company, General Electric, Procter and Gamble, and Goodyear Tire
and Rubber Company. He also was the co-author of the book Business Simulation in 1962.
He was active in Rotary International throughout his adult life and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Salem, Ohio.
In his younger years, he enjoyed playing tennis and golf and in later years enjoyed following pro matches on TV. He enjoyed traveling and learning about new places, his travels taking him to such places as Peru, Asia, Spain, England, France, Holland, Canada, Hawaii and Alaska. He always appreciated art and took up oil painting in his retirement, producing over 250 works of art. He enjoyed sharing his paintings with others by having them displayed at Copeland Oaks.
He is survived by a son, James Herron of Sedalia, Mo.; a daughter, Virginia (Kenneth) West of Paul Smiths, N.Y.; and a niece, Barbara McGregor and family of Rochester Hills, Mich.
He will be remembered by those who knew him as a true gentleman who always had a kind word for anyone he met, his blue eyes sparkling with warmth.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Salem First Christian Church with the Rev. Leonard Moore officiating. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery in Salem.
There will be also be a memorial service in the Chapel at Copeland Oaks at 3 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 with Chaplain David Parry officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salem Public Library, 821 East State Street, Salem, OH 44460 or Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.