Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Richard S. Lowe

class of 1942
inducted in 2002

Richard S. Lowe

Senior Judge
Court of Common Pleas Montgomery County

Richard S. Lowe, Class of 1942, served in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II in the 84th Division. He arrived in Europe in June of 1944 where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received three Battle Stars and a Bronze Star. He returned home in February of 1946 and enrolled in college. He graduated from Temple University in 1948 with a B.S. in political science. He then went on to graduate from Temple University Law School with an LL.B.

While maintaining a private law practice, Lowe served as district attorney of
Montgomery County. In 1968 he took the oath of office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County for a ten-year term. For the next ten years until 1986 he served as President Judge of Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. During his tenure he lectured at various conferences including the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada; Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges; and for the Pennsylvania District Justices. Judge Lowe retired from active judicial service in December, 1994, and under current Supreme Court regulations he will be permitted to serve as a Senior Judge until December 2004.

Judge Lowe has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions including Honorary Membership in the Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police and the Gold Medallion given by the Chapel of Four Chaplains.

Personally, Judge Lowe married Frances Evelyn (nee Steeley) on
August 28, 1948. They have two children, Diane Alison and Donald Kent, both of whom graduated from Germantown Academy and Bucknell University. Diane later graduated from the Pennsylvania University School of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Donald graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Mrs. Lowe died September 26, 1996. Judge Lowe then married Phyllis Ann Hoffman and they now reside in Souderton.