Deaths of Note

Published on March 7th, 2015 |


Former Fulton Commissioner Tom Lowe dies at age 86

Retired Dist. 4 Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe, who served 40 years on the commission before retiring in at the end of December, died Friday morning at Emory University Hospital in DeKalb County as a result of a fall at age 86.

Lowe, a Buckhead resident who represented Buckhead, Sandy Springs and part of Roswell for 40 years, was the longest-serving commissioner in the county’s history.

Tom Lowe

Tom Lowe

“Even beyond the community he served, he believed in this county and its people,” Commission Chair John Eaves said in a statement. “That belief was why he insisted on attending every regular meeting, more than 400 in all, regardless of his own physical condition on any given meeting day.”

In December Lowe talked about his retirement.

“I go [out] with a tremendous amount of nostalgia and a pretty doggone degree of satisfaction,” he said. “I never sold a vote in my life. I never took a nickel from anybody other than campaign contributions,” he added.

“In those 40 years, I probably did five or six expense accounts. I made probably four or five, six possibly trips at the county’s expense in 40 years. I watched every dollar being spent. Everybody respected me for it.” Lowe said.

Lowe, who was first elected to the commission in 1974, 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.

Lowe served on the Fulton County Recreation Authority, the Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission, and the Fulton County Pension Board.

A world-class skeet shooter and member of the National Skeet Shooting Association All-American Team, Senior Division, 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.

After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in civil engineering, 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.

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