Lowell was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He moved to California to continue his college education in 1955. With his wife, Sue, they have six kids, 12 grandkids and 5 great grandkids. In the last 30 years of his working career, he was a general contractor, a real estate broker, a mortgage broker and an owner/builder of a mini-storage facility. For most of his life he has been involved in community service. One of the things that he is most proud of is being one of the folks that got the first non-smoking laws in the world passed. Lowell has earned many awards for his community service. He first joined Audubon in 1995 and has been very active in local and state Audubon activities. Lowell received The Charles H. Callison Award, given to honor outstanding efforts contributed by staff and volunteers to continue Audubon’s mission for birds and habitat conservation. The Callison Award is Audubon’s highest honor. The following year he received Point Blue Conservation Science’s outstanding citizen scientist award. Recently, an Important Bird Area (IBA) that he was instrumental in establishing, was named after him. He notes that without a team of dedicated people, he would not have been able to receive these honors. Lowell was active in the Republican Party for many years. Because of his changing philosophies, he joined the Democratic Party in 1990 and served on The California Democratic Party Executive Board for six years.