James Elmer Lowe
James Elmer Lowe, 81, a retired highway and construction
engineer with the D.C. Department of Transportation,
died April 23, 2008 at Capital Hospice in Arlington of
complications of brain surgery. He lived in Manassas.
Mr. Lowe was born at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
and grew up in Washington. He graduated from Eastern
High School 1944 and spent summers working as a
deckhand with the Sea Scouts, a youth sailing program.
He served in the Army Air Forces from 1945 to 1947 and,
for a time, guarded German prisoners of war. He joined
the D.C. Transportation Department in 1947 and worked as an on-site construction
supervisor. He assisted on the design and construction of the Anacostia Freeway and
other highways in the District. He retired in 1980.
From 1951 to 1960, he had a second job as a stock clerk at a Grand Union grocery
store in Alexandria.
Mr. Lowe lived in the Lincolnia Park neighborhood of Fairfax County for 47 years and
was a fixture at neighborhood Christmas and Fourth of July gatherings.
He was a member of the Masons, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the National Rifle
Association and the American Legion. In his youth, he was a member of St. Mark's
Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill and later was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal
Church in Annandale.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Murphy Lowe of Manassas; three children,
David G. Lowe of Stafford, Claudia D. Scordellis of Leesburg and Steven M. Lowe of
Toms Brook, Va.; and eight grandchildren.