Charles Lowman, 77

Army colonel, engineer

March 02, 2007

Charles J. Lowman Jr., a retired Army colonel who was later an engineer in the defense industry, died of a heart attack Feb. 22 at his Highland home. He was 77.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1947 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and worked for Westinghouse Corp. in Linthicum while taking electrical engineering classes at the Johns Hopkins University.

He was a 1953 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Mr. Lowman spent 26 years in the Army, including a period from 1968 to 1969 as a battalion commander and combat surveillance officer in Vietnam where he worked on a system to assist helicopters in night combat.

From 1970 to 1974, he worked in the office of the director of defense research and engineering and was an associated editor of Journal of Defense Research.

He retired from the military in 1975.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit with an oak leaf cluster and Bronze Star for valor with two oak leaf clusters.

Mr. Lowman then worked for 18 years as senior vice president in engineering at System Planning Corp. in Roslyn, Va., retiring in 1993.

A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Frances Ellis; two sons, Charles J. Lowman III of Elkton and Jack Lowman of Ellicott City; three daughters, Jane Seymer of Taylorsville, Patti Lyle of Manassas, Va., and Terri Johnston of Eldersburg; a brother, Raymond Lowman of Catonsville; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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