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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Dennis W. Lowery, 65, of 25 School St., Bradford, PA

Dennis Lowery

Dennis W. Lowery, 65, of 25 School St., passed away Sunday, June 27th, 2010 in Gibsonia.

Born January 20, 1945, in Rochester, NY, he was the son of the late William J. and Bernice B. (Butts) Lowery.

On June 20, 1970 in Pittsburgh, he married Deborah Sainsbury, who survives.

Mr. Lowery was a 1963 graduate of Bradford High School. He then was a member of the first class of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh in Oakland in 1967 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology.

Upon returning to Bradford, he worked at his family's business, Tuna Manufacturing, where he served ultimately as owner and President. In July of 1987, he joined Northwest Mutual Savings Bank, where he worked as Supervisor of Facilities and Properties. He was currently employed at Northwest Savings Bank as Vice President of Facilities and Properties.

He was a member and former trustee of the First Presbyterian Church, a member and past president of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Merchants Association, the Bradford Kiwanis Club and the Northwest Pennsylvania Campers Association. He was also a past member of the Bradford Area School District Board of Directors and was currently a member of the Northwest Savings Bank Advisory Board.

Mr. Lowery was very active with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He was on the steering committee which formally organized what is now the Pitt Bradford Alumni Association, where he served as interim President from 1993 to 1994, served on the board of directors from 1994-2001, was awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Award in 1999, and in 2002, the Dennis Lowery Scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in his honor. He is also a member of the Pitt Bradford Advisory Board, where he has served on the Executive Committee, Development Council and was the Director of the Properties Committee. He was awarded the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Presidential Medal of Distinction in 2004.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Aaron) Brauser and Christen (Joseph) Herndon, both of Gibsonia; a sister, Susan Lowery Livesay of Bandera, TX, and three grandchildren, Nathaniel Mayer Brauser, Lilly Lowery Brauser and Sophia Grace Herndon.

Family will be receiving friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Friday, July 9, 2010 in the Bromeley Family Theatre in Blaisdell Hall at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Pitt Bradford Alumni Association Dennis Lowery Scholarship, or the charity of the donor's choice.

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