Lowell Gurdon Oxtoby

Lowell Gurdon Oxtoby

August 3, 1935 – September 2, 2019

Age 84

Lowell G. Oxtoby was born in Kentfield, California and was raised in San Anselmo, California. He attended Tamalpais High School in nearby Mill Valley, California.

Lowell completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his graduate degree at Princeton University, majoring in German and Italian.

Lowell then began his career as a German language professor at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, and, eventually, worked as a librarian at the WIU Library. In 1972, he was the first advisor for the then new Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at WIU, continuing in that role for 28 years. Before retirement, he became a clocksmith, opening Lowell’s Clock Shop in Macomb, IL, as well as Papillion, NE.

Lowell enjoyed photography, fixing clocks, traveling, ands spending time with his family.

Preceded in death by parents Gurdon and Miriam Oxtoby; brother Willard Oxtoby; and grandson Robert Oxtoby.

Survived by his wife of 60 years Dona; children Miriam Oxtoby and William Oxtoby (Sara); grandchildren Andrew and David Oxtoby; and sister Louise Carey.

Memorial Service at a later date.

1 Comment

  • Andrew McDevitt Posted September 6, 2019 10:55 am

    Lowell was an incredibly kind man to all the DTD consultants when we traveled through IL. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends. Andrew

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