Ronald D. Lowe ’73 passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009 and is resting in peace. Ron was born March 1, 1939 in East Alton, Ill., on the banks of the Mississippi River. He grew up there attending school and graduated from Wood River High School in 1957. After graduation he voluntarily served in the U. S. Army where he trained as an electronic technician on the Nike Missile defense systems and was stationed in Germany for two years. After service he enrolled in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois. Upon graduation he took a position as research and development engineer at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, Calif. He retired after 33 years of service at their Colorado Springs operation in 1997. While working at HP, Ron acquired a MSEE from San Jose State, a MBA from the University of Santa Clara, course work for a doctorate at UCCS at Colorado Springs, and a Professional Engineers License from the state of Colorado. He was married for 37 years to his wife and friend, Sally E. Linkletter. He was blessed with a daughter, Jamie Ursch of Springfield, IL; a son, Shawn Lowe of Flagstaff, AZ; and daughters, Sandra Murray of Alton, Ill.; and Kimberly Tregellas of Wichita, Kan. He is blessed with four grandchildren, Jordan, Justin, Courtney, and Megan. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Dessie Lowe of E. Alton and is survived by a brother, James in Coral Springs, Fla. In 1997, after retirement he moved his family to the Grand Junction area and for two years operated a data communications consulting practice. He left that activity to follow his passion as a pilot and flight instructor. Yielding to the call of the classroom he obtained a position at Mesa State College where he completed five years as an adjunct professor in the CIS department of the School of Business. Ron has been active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church serving as an Elder for over 25 years. Over the last three years Ron was active in the MACHO (Men Against Cancer Helping Others) support group sponsored by St. Mary’s Cancer Center.