Death of former French professor Stowe brings grief to many

Richard Stowe, former Lawrence Professor in the foreign language department, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, after several years of struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Professor Stowe was born in Milwaukee and spent his childhood living in West Allis. During World War II, Stowe served in the United States Army in the European Theatre, and upon returning from war completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in French at the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

After graduation, Stowe continued schooling and received his Master of Arts degree from UCLA and his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Professor Stowe taught French at Lawrence from 1957 until his retirement in 1990. After his retirement, Stowe was devoted to his volunteer work at the Community Clothes Closet. Nancy, his wife of 39 years, was also a member of the Lawrence faculty. She served as the Assistant Dean of the Conservatory for many years.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who wish to may send memorial gifts to Lawrence University, First United Methodist Church, or the Community Clothes Closet. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at First United Methodist Church.