Paul R. LowthersPaul R. Lowthers, an 18-year veteran of the Campus Police, died last Wednesday in Union Hospital in Lynn after suffering a heart attack at home. He was 60.
Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin said Lowthers "had a great sense of what MIT was about. He was a real pleasant guy who was well known in the community, and we're all going to miss him."
Glavin said Campus Police officers participated heavily in Lowthers's funeral. A cruiser led the funeral procession, and officers served both in an honor guard and as pallbearers, she said.
Lowthers was born in Medford and graduated from Medford High School before joining the Air Force during the Korean war. He served in Japan and reached the rank of airman first class. He received the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, a Japan Occupation Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal.
After leaving the Air Force, Lowthers joined the North Dakota State Police, where he served for 17 years.
He then returned to Massachusetts, living in Medford and Revere before settling in Lynn eight years ago.
Lowthers is survived by two sons, Gregory of Denver and Michael of Prior Lake, Minn.; two daughters, Susan Leary of Kent, Wash., and Mary Jo Border of Bismarck, N.D.; three brothers, Walter L. of Revere, Bruce F. of North Reading, and Dennis J. of Medford; two sisters, Joyce Bergen of of Medford and Brenda S. Neary of Georgetown; three grandchildren; 31 nieces and nephews; and his close friend Jane Walsh of Lynn.