Dr. R. Neil Lowry, a well-known consultant to the
aquatics industry in the United States and Canada has
passed away. He was 67.
Lowry, a resident of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, died
suddenly March 28 after returning home from teaching a
daylong water chemistry class.
Lauded industrywide as one of the profession?s
top chemists, Lowry was the principal-in-charge of Lowry
& Associates, a specialty chemical distributorship.
He was the chief educator and owner of the Lowry School of
Pool & Spa Chemistry, as well as a contributing
writer and commentator for numerous trade publications.
In addition, he was the original author of Pool
& Spa Chemistry: A Testing & Treatment
Guide, widely recognized as the authority on water
Lowry worked as an adviser to the Professional Pool
Operators of America?s board of directors and was
the only Canadian voting member on the Association of Pool
& Spa Professionals? Recreational Water
That was where he began a longtime working relationship
with Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the National Swimming
Pool Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colo.
?He was a very good chemist and he put a lot of
value into the science behind everything that was happening
in the industry,? Lachocki said. ?He had a
great knack for finding things that were technically sound,
and others that were [not].?
Thousands became certified pool water technicians
through Lowry?s school.
As a member of the Hot Tub Council of Canada, he
contributed to the present regulations for public spas
under the auspices of the Ontario Minister of Health.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Lowry earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in chemistry from the University of Western
Ontario, a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Cornell
University and a master?s degree from the
University of Michigan in business administration.
He established Lowry & Associates in 1985 with
his wife, Gabriele.