Jane B. Lowe, 76

Teacher, activist

November 13, 2007

Jane B. Lowe, a Talbot County activist and widow of former House of Delegates Speaker Thomas Hunter Lowe, died of cancer Friday at Talbot Hospice in Easton. The longtime Wittman resident was 76.

Jane Bradley was born in Washington and raised in Bethesda. She was a 1948 graduate of Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1952 at Washington College, where she also met her future husband while they were both students there.

In 1952, she married Mr. Lowe and, while he studied law at the University of Maryland, she taught in Baltimore public schools. The couple returned to the Eastern Shore and in 1958 moved to Wittman. Mr. Lowe died in 1984.

Mrs. Lowe taught elementary school in Talbot County for many years, until being appointed to the Talbot County Board of Education in 1979. She later served two five-year terms and had been president and vice president of the board.

She had been a member and president of the Talbot County Library Board, and later volunteered with the library. She played an instrumental role in the establishment of the St. Michaels branch in 1981; a meeting room there was named in her honor.

In 1990, she ran as a Democrat for Talbot County Council, narrowly losing the election, and in 1993 was appointed to the council to fill a vacant seat.

She was a member of the Talbot County Board of Zoning Appeals and had been a member of Washington College's Board of Visitors and Governors.

In a 1993 interview with The Star Democrat in Easton, Mrs. Lowe explained her lifelong interest in politics, which was stimulated by her mother, who edited a newspaper from the family home during the 1940s.

"I grew up with an interest in local government. I lived in the shadow of Washington, D.C., but national government seemed too complicated. I've always liked things at the local level," Mrs. Lowe said in the interview.

Her husband served in the House of Delegates from 1959 to 1973, and was speaker the last four years. He was appointed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in 1973.

The Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis is named for him.

Mrs. Lowe was a longtime communicant of St. Michaels Episcopal Church in St. Michaels, where a memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are a son, John V. Lowe of Westminster; two children she raised as her own, a nephew, James Monahan of Wittman, and a niece, Barbara Haddaway of Claiborne; and two grandchildren.

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