Richard A. Low (1943 - 2021)



On May 2, 2021, the class learned of Dick's recent death. The news comes through Carl Corey from Dick's double cousin, David Low '64, that "Dick has died in the last couple of days. He lived in Salem, MA where he recently moved from Hamilton, MA; and as of now I have no other information."


Carl adds, "Dick was a four year member of the Tigertones, played hockey, had a lengthy career in banking with an emphasis on foreign trade, including a pretty long stint in Saudi, and was unwary enough to let me entice him to the Board of Revels, Inc in Watertown/Cambridge, where he served several years as treasurer cleaning up the mess left by the ‘Great Recession’. His wife is Joan (Joanie) and he has two children, Thomas and Vivien, and a grandson Oliver. Dick was the younger brother of Bobby or Robert Low '63, who lives just outside Burlington, VT where he is a professor emeritus at UVM."


Dick attended Deerfield and, like his father (Merritt Low '29), brother, uncle, and two cousins, went to Princeton. He majored in Chemistry and was a member of Quad and the Tigertones. Immediately after Princeton, Dick served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant and later earned his M.B.A. from Harvard.


Most recently, Dick wrote in his Class Directory profile, "Am retired following a career in banking that took us to Denver, Hong Kong, and Riyadh. Have remained active as a community volunteer that included serving on the Board of Selectmen in the town where we were living at the time. We “downsized” and sold our home in Hamilton, MA two years ago and very much enjoy adjusting to our new surroundings and living in Salem."


Much more about Dick's live is in his obituary from the Salem News.


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Carl Corey adds this note which he sent to the Tigertones:


"I am not sure how many of you may have heard through other channels, but, earlier today, David called to tell me that Dick died two days ago here in Massachusetts. As I gather, his death was from complications of Parkinson's Disease. I have passed this news on to the class of '66 officers with whom, ironically, I have done a bit of work on our 55th Reunion class memorial service [to be held via Zoom or other internet platform on May 21]. Of the Tones who have attended one or more of our annual gatherings, I believe Dickie's is the first death. This is the first of many sad inevitabilities we are all facing. 
"Dick has not been a regular attendee of our reunions in recent years, but I had occasion to see him often after he let me talk him into, first, serving on the board of the Revels here in Boston, and then stepping in as treasurer of the organization for several, rather difficult, post 'Great Recession' years. He was a bright and talented, straightforward and completely unassuming guy. 
"I have so far seen no obituary or notice of arrangements. I will pass on what I know when I learn it."




The top photos are from the Freshman and Nassau Heralds.


The first photo below, sent by Carl Corey, shows Dick (on the left) in conversation with John Johnson '67 at a Tigertones reunion on New Year’s eve 1967–68. Below that, from June, 2019 and Dick's Class Directory profile, is the Low family with son Tom, his wife Linda, their son Oliver, and Dick's wife Joan.