OW and Chairman of the OW Committee Bill Morris (1964) remembers Dr Lowrie, who died on 5 April 2016.
Dr Robert Lowrie taught at MCS from 1961 until 1964, coming to the school from Merton College, where he had gained a first in Chemistry, and then a DPhil. I remember my former Chemistry teacher well, as I was a student in his A-Level class who were notable for all achieving A grades (in the first year in which A Levels were graded), and all going on to achieve Oxbridge places. In addition, our whole set were awarded distinctions in S (scholarship) level under his expert tuition. He was very much involved in MCS’s extra-curricular activities, and also helped run the boat club and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
He had many musical talents, was a very active member of the choral society in particular, and a fine musician and singer, as well as a brilliant scientist. Outside of his teaching career, he continued to be very active in Oxford Music circles.
An outstanding scientist, and a brilliant and wonderful man, he made a great difference to my life and many others. He sadly died following a stroke in April last year.