Retired Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe Passes Away at 86 | Print |

It is with sadness that we announce that retired Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe passed away today at age 86.  Commissioner Lowe was the longest-serving commissioner in Fulton County history, and was one of the longest-serving county commissioners in the state of Georgia.

Commissioner Lowe was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1974 and retired on December 31, 2014 after serving the citizens of Fulton County for 40 years. 

Lowe was known among his colleagues and staff for his vast institutional knowledge and his sense of humor.  He was a staunch supporter of Grady Hospital and consistently advocated for Grady funding.  He served on the Fulton County Recreation Authority, the Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission, and the Fulton County Pension Board.

Fulton Commisisoner TOM LOWE retouched 4 2011

A world-class skeet shooter and member of the National Skeet Shooting Association All-American Team, Senior Division, Commissioner Lowe was instrumental in the development of the County’s Wolf Creek Skeet and Trap Range, which was the site of the 1996 Olympic shooting competition.  The Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds was named in his honor.

After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in civil engineering, Commissioner Lowe worked in heavy construction of highways, railroads and earth-filled dams.  In 1957, he organized Lowe Engineers Inc., which is still involved in the planning, design and supervision of construction of civil engineering projects throughout the southeast.  After retiring from his company, Commissioner Lowe developed commercial and industrial properties in metro Atlanta.

The Tom and Bettye Lowe Lobby and Grand Foyer at Auburn University’s Shelby Center for Engineering Technology was named in recognition of the Lowes’ generous support of the Samuel Ginn School of Engineering.

Commissioner Lowe leaves behind his wife, Bettye, his sons Tim and Scott Lowe of Atlanta, daughter Kathryn Blackburn of Auburn, AL, and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Cyndi Lowe Bender.