Robert D. Lowe, a World War II Marine Corps veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor to later become a prominent promoter of Acadian culture, died Thursday at his Lafayette home. He was 93.
Recently inducted into the Order of Living Legends by the Acadian Museum in Erath, Lowe was a native of Hutton and attended school in Amite. He worked in the oil fields of Louisiana as a teenager and moved to Lafayette after the war.
In July, he was honored for helping “shape and define the Cajun culture” in the program hosted by the Acadian Museum.
Upon returning to Louisiana, Lowe — who was known as “Bob” — owned several oil and gas and other businesses, including All American Development Co., Gulf Gate Marine and Central Industries.
Lowe later raised cattle and became a banker and real-estate developer. In his later years, he championed efforts to build a full-fledged Veterans Affairs medical facility in Acadiana.
He was a founding member of Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens and 232-HELP, an information and referral agency for health and human services.
Lowe’s accomplishments included service as a 232-HELP board member and past president; member of the IberiaBank board of directors; longtime supporter of the United Way of Acadiana; member of Blueprint Louisiana board of trustees; winner of the Lafayette Civic Cup award in 2011; and member of the Petroleum Club of Lafayette board of directors, 2014-15.
Lowe also was active in the veterans community of Acadiana. Each year on Dec. 7, he hosted a reunion of Pearl Harbor survivors at the Petroleum Club.
He was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, Acadiana Detachment No. 488; executive board member of the Veterans Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana; and a member of the Lafayette Central Park Veterans Memorial Foundation.
At historic American Legion Post 69, Lowe served as senior vice commander after spending many years as commander and was on the Executive Committee.
In 2014, Lowe sponsored the inaugural WWII Tribute Tour.
Funeral services will be held at Episcopal Church of the Ascension at 11 a.m. Saturday. Visitation will be at the church in Coughlin Hall from 8 a.m. until time of services.
Lowe is survived by his wife Ginger and two sons.