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Robert A. W. Lowndes


From: Obituary for Robert A. W. Lowndes, published in Newport Daily News (Rhode Island), 16 July 1988 (http://www.sfwa.org/news/lowndes.htm; viewed 13 August 2005):
Robert A. W. Lowndes

Newport--Robert A. W. Lowndes, 81 of 70 Harrison Ave., a nationally recognized author of science fiction stories, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, at the Village House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Newport.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., on Sept. 4, 1916, he was the son of the late Harry I. and Fannie Stevens Lowndes. He moved to Newport in 1994 from Hoboken, NJ.

Mr. Lowndes had worked as an editor in New York City for Gernsback Publishing Co., retiring in 1992.

Mr. Lowndes attended Stamford Community College.

He was primarily a science fiction writer and editor, and had been the author of five science fiction books. He was fourth on the list of Ten Most Prodigious Science Fiction Magazine Editors and begun as one of the youngest editors of science fiction in 1940 with Columbia Publications. He was then an editor for Avalon Books' Science Fiction Line, Sexology and Luz Magazines, and for Gernsback Publications' Radio Electronics Magazines.

LUNACON and BOSKONE, both science fiction organizations, honored him in 1969 and in 1973, respectively.

Mr. Lowndes was a member of the Lodge of Masons in New York, the Science Fiction Writers of America, The Baker Street Irregulars, The Scandalous Bohemians of New Jersey and the Praed Street Irregulars. He also acted in local community theaters in Suffren, NY.

He was an avid reader with a great knowledge of history and a great knowledge of history and great lover of classical music.

He leaves a stepson, Peter Rogalin of Glen Rock, NJ; a brother, Harry I. Lowndes Jr. of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Ruth C. Lowndes of Middleton; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 19, at 2 pm in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St.

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Health Services, Hospice Program, 1984 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.

Arrangements are by the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway.

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