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!”