Russell Elzie Lowman, an award-winning land surveyor who taught many in his profession, died of brain cancer Friday at Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. He was 72 and had lived for 30 years in Annapolis.
Born near the Baltimore-Anne Arundel County line, he attended Southern High School before enlisting and serving in the Navy for two years at the close of World War II. He returned to Baltimore and earned his high school diploma at Southern in 1949. He later took courses at the Johns Hopkins University.
After his high school graduation, Mr. Lowman worked for the State Roads Commission as a stake boy and worked his way up from linesman to party chief. For the past 10 years, he was vice president at John E. Harms Jr. and Associates Inc. of Pasadena, where his brother, Edward L. Lowman of Severna Park, is president. He worked until April, when his illness became too severe.
A surveyor since 1950, Mr. Lowman was named Maryland Surveyor of the Year in 1998.
Mr. Lowman taught surveying courses for the Engineering Society of Baltimore and the Maryland Society of Surveyors. He also taught at community colleges in Anne Arundel, Frederick, Baltimore and Charles counties.
Mr. Lowman served on the state Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors and was a member of the National and the Maryland Society of Surveyors, the Maryland Association of Engineers and the American Arbitration Association. He was also a fellow of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping. In 1994, he was inducted as a life member of the American Society of Engineers.
He lectured to lawyers throughout the state on surveying law, his brother said, and was an expert witness in many court cases. He wrote for magazines in his field, most notably a 1974 article in the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping's professional journal that is still used to teach deed description writing.
Mr. Lowman also served on several Anne Arundel County boards.
He was active in the Methodist church throughout his life and served on various church boards. He enjoyed helping people and animals. He also enjoyed piloting small aircraft, riding motorcycles, photography and jazz. He had a black belt in karate and had been a karate instructor.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd. in Annapolis, with burial at Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, M. Patricia Mitchell-Lowman, and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A daughter, Michele Annette Lowman, died in 1989.
Family members suggest that contributions be made to Calvary United Methodist Church Bench-Plaque Fund in honor of Russell E. Lowman, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis 21401.