America has lost another great Patriot and Soldier hero. Mark Perrin Lowrey died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday,Aug. 30, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 80 years old.

America has lost another great Patriot and Soldier hero. Mark Perrin Lowrey died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday,Aug. 30, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 80 years old.

Mark Lowrey was born in the Mississippi River town of Helena on March 30, 1937. He was the son of Willis Freed Lowrey, a career Army officer, and Helen Rabb Lowrey. The men of the Lowrey family had served in the U.S. military since the Revolutionary War, and had fought in every major war the United States has engaged in. Mark carried on that proud and honorable tradition.

He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York,in 1960 and was commissioned into the infantry. Over the next 20 years he would serve with great distinction. His service included two combat tours as an infantry company commander and battalion operations officer with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. He also served two tours in the Panama Canal Zone and at various posts across the country.

His service resulted in, among numerous awards and decorations, including the Silver Star for exceptional heroism in combat, seven Bronze Star Medals (three for valor) and three Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat. He was also awarded the Legion of Merit, the second highest decoration the U.S. Army bestows for exceptionally meritorious service.

Upon retiring from active duty in 1980 Mark joined the civilian work force in the waste industry. He served as vice president for International Business Development for Browning Ferris Industries, a Houston based waste company, from 1980 until 1993, and lived in Venezuela, Bermuda, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. In 1992 he relocated to Houston, Texas where he joined Waste Management Corporation as the president of Waste Management, Latin America. He retired in 2002, but continued doing consulting work up until the time of his death.

Mark leaves his wife of 57 years, Sarah (Sally) Lowrey; his daughters, Katherine (Kate) Henninger and Elizabeth (Liz) Dolan; a son, Mark, Jr.; grandchildren, Mary Kate Henninger Copeland, Meaghan Henninger, Julia Dolan, Edward J. Dolan; a great-granddaughter, Maple Copeland; his brother, Lt. Col. (US Army, Ret) Freed Lowrey, Jr.; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the “Superintendent’s Annual Fund” at the West Point Association of Graduates for memorial contributions.  

https://www.westpointaog.org/GivetoSuptsAnnualFund