Obituary: Lowell J. Smythe, M.D.
Jul 12, 1925 – Nov 15, 2019
Our beloved father, Lowell J. Smythe, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 in Steamboat Springs, CO. He will be missed and kept in loving memory by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. Lowell was born July 12, 1925 in Madison, WI to parents Katherine Jennings Smythe and Edwin Wells Smythe. Lowell went on to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he later obtained a master’s degree with a thesis on his pioneering research in the field of Neurochemistry. Lowell then attended the University of Wisconsin-Medical School. Here he met Gwendolyn Swiggum, a fellow medical student from Blanchardville, WI. They were married on June 22, 1948 at the Old York Church outside of Blanchardville. Lowell completed his medical training with a specialty in pathology; his training included two years of service in the US Navy. He served in Beaufort, S.C. and had many memorable and fascinating stories from this time. Lowell and Gwen settled in Austin, MN where they raised their four children, Wayne, Sandra, Barbara, and Ronald. Lowell practiced pathology in Austin, and neighboring city, Owatonna, for 30 years, becoming a trusted and integral part of the medical community. Lowell and Gwen finally retired to enjoy their beautiful property in Charleston, SC, where they had many years of companionship and activities. They eventually moved to Steamboat Springs, CO to be close to family. Lowell had a variety of hobbies and interests over the years. He enjoyed growing poinsettias, building an oscilloscope with his son, horseback riding with his daughter, boating on the Mississippi with his family. He enjoyed investing in the stock market and reading the Wall Street Journal. Most of all he loved his family; he worked hard to ensure their well being and to instill good values. Lowell is preceded in death by Gwendolyn Swiggum Smythe. He is survived by Wayne Smythe, Sandra Wu, Barbara Hanson, and Ronald Smythe. We loved hearing his life’s stories and we appreciate his support and encouragement. He will be missed but kept in loving memory until we can all be together again.
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