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Tom Lowell, Second President of TWR Has Passed Away

Thomas J. Lowell, a faithful missionary of six decades who provided crucial leadership of global media ministry TWR, went home to be with the Lord early Tuesday, Sept. 5. 

Lowell was the first president to succeed TWR founder Paul Freed and later served as chairman of the board of directors. He was 88 years old at his passing and had only recently stepped down from his position as vice chairman of the board. 

“We are deeply appreciative of Tom’s leadership and mentorship over the years,” current TWR President Lauren Libby said when he announced Lowell’s passing. “Tom was one of the wisest men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Just a tremendous Christian leader. It’s a great personal loss to all of us in the TWR family.” 

After a long illness, Lowell passed away at 4 a.m. in UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He lived with his wife, Glenda, in nearby Fuquay-Varina. 

Lowell is survived by his wife, Glenda; sons Lee, Mark and Thomas III; daughter Carol Ann; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Lee and Lonna Lowell are also TWR missionaries and live in Fuquay-Varina. 

A public memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Wake Chapel Christian Church in Fuquay-Varina. The interment will be a private family event.