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Rev. Edmund A. Loew, Jr., x55
     Joyce Wilson Loew, ‘56


         
Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award, 2006


The occupations of Ed and Joyce Loew, the 2006 recipients of the Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award, were listed in the 2000 Park University Alumni Directory as “minister honorably retired, First Presbyterian Church…Globe, AZ” and “retired homemaker.”  Neither title does justice to this energetic, service-driven couple.  Their unique ministerial style and dedication, both together and separately, are the reason they have been chosen to receive this award. 

Ed, known by friends as “Buzz”, attended Park for two years before he returned home to Tucson, Arizona to complete his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology from the University of Arizona.  He has maintained close friendships over the years with his fellow Parkites.

Meanwhile, Joyce earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Park, leading a very busy life on campus.  She was an Aurora (OAC) officer, an active member of Mu Sigma and the Women’s Athletic Association, participated in dramatic productions, band and club sports and served as a dorm officer.  She was a member of the Park Singers during all four years.  Upon graduation in 1956 she moved to Arizona to accept a position as music director for the Welton, Arizona public schools, an Indian community. 

In 1957 Ed and Joyce married and moved to Chicago.  While Ed earned his Masters in Divinity from McCormick Seminary, Joyce worked in a challenging position as a music teacher in a Chicago reform school. 

Through their years together, the Loews, both as a couple and separately, have been extremely active and generous with their time and talents.  They have chosen to serve their family as well as their church and their community through a variety of outreach projects. 

As a team, the Loews work to serve and improve the communities in which they live.  In 1986, the Loews enjoyed six months in an exchange pastorate with a church in Kirkcaddy, Scotland. Together they have operated junior and senior high youth camps.  For more than 30 years, in the interest of encouraging the Arts, they have spearheaded the maintenance of community concerts in the Globe/Miami area.  For the last ten years the Loews have worked diligently with Habitat for Humanity on both the local and state levels, Ed as president of the Globe/Miami Chapter and Joyce as a member of the Home Selection Committee, as well as physically building homes.  

Professionally, Ed has served as delegate to the National General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, as Moderator of the Church’s Presbytery and Senate (the Synod includes Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas) and as Councilman for the Arizona Ecumenical Council. He has been an active member of the Ministerial Association in their hometown of Globe, Arizona. Ed has served on the Globe Unified School Board, including in the position of president.  Currently he is the chair of the Ethics Board of their local hospital and serves on the United Fund Board and Finance Committee of Arizona Ecumenical Council. 

Joyce remains involved and busy supporting both her own personal projects and those that come naturally to a minister’s wife.  Currently she is Chairman of the Morning Circle of the Church’s Women’s Association and occasionally serves as organist. 

The Loews have four children and nine grandchildren.  Youngest son, Greg, best explained the reasons his parents are receiving the Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award when he said “my parents consistently and unselfishly honor community and other concerns, and have always been wonderful examples of service.”  When classmate Gail McMahon Batchelor, ’56, nominated the Loews for this award she wrote “it’s not just WHAT they do, but HOW GRACEFULLY they function.  The KEY to the Loews’ incredible track record of exemplary service may be revealed in the beginning of their recent holiday letter’s last paragraph, ‘Obviously, we still love life and each other…’ And they love their neighbor as themselves!”

 

 

 

 

Joyce and Buzz Loew

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