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Donald Percival LOWDELL (1901 - 1981)
Analytical Chemist
Kathleen Mary Ellen BALE John Gatherer LOWDELL Aaron HORNSTEIN Hornstein Jessie Lamb GATHERER John GATHERER Mary MAVOR Florence Caroline LOWDELL Henry Douglas LOWDELL Stephen LOWDELL Elizabeth GRANTHAM Cordelia WILLARD Richard WILLARD Elizabeth W
Donald Percival LOWDELL
Donald Percival LOWDELL Kathleen Mary Ellen BALE
b. 29 Dec 1901 at Oundle
m. 1930 Kathleen Mary Ellen BALE (1905 - 1993) at Kensington, Middlesex, England
d. 03 Jun 1981 at Croydon, Surrey, England aged 79
Events in Donald Percival LOWDELL (1901 - 1981)'s life
Date Age Event Place Notes Src
29 Dec 1901 Donald Percival LOWDELL was born Oundle 68
1925 24 University College Hall, Queens Walk, Ealing, London Ealing, Middlesex 84
1929 28 29 Holland Park Avenue, Kensington, London Kensington, London Note 1 84
11 Dec 1929 27 Death of mother Florence Caroline LOWDELL (aged 64) Oundle, Northamptonshire, England Note 2 67
1930 29 Married Kathleen Mary Ellen BALE (aged 25) Kensington, Middlesex, England 69
1932 31 8 Stafford Mansions, London SW11 Battersea, London 84
1934 33 49 Chestnut Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, England Epsom, Surrey, England 112
27 Jun 1934 32 Death of father John Gatherer LOWDELL (aged 74) Oundle, Northamptonshire, England Note 3
1939 38 63 Rusholme Road, Putney, SW15 London 84
03 Jun 1981 79 Donald Percival LOWDELL died Croydon, Surrey, England 45, 67
24 Jun 1981 79 Notice of death in the London Gazette London, England Note 4 45
Note 1: Seems to be a lodging house, 21 other people also resident here.
Note 2: In Memoriam - Mrs. Lowdell
Added by tskhan on 25 Apr 2007

With very great regret we record the death of Mrs. Lowdell, which took place at Oundle on December 11th after a very short illness. She was married on August 4th, 1886, to Mr. J. G. Lowdell (Hornstein), who was at that time assistant housemaster at Sidney House. Her sudden death will be a real grief to many O.O.s, especially to those of an earlier period, who held her in high regard. The sympathy of all who knew him will be with Mr. Lowdell in this time of sorrow.

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Description: Published in the Laxtonian, Oundle School magazine. Provided by courtesy of Mr.Stephen Forge, Archivist, Oundle School.
Date: 1930
Location: Oundle, Northamptonshire
Note 3: In Memoriam - John Gatherer Lowdell
Added by tskhan on 25 Apr 2007

JOHN GATHERER LOWDELL;

born 24th September, 1859; died 27th June 1934: from 1879 to 1913 a master at Oundle School.

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Description: Obituary in Laxtonian Magazine
Date: 1934
Location: Oundle, Northamptonshire

In Memoriam for J G Lowdell published in The Laxtonian
Added by tskhan on 24 Apr 2007

J. G. LOWDELL.

J. G. Lowdell, better known to boys of an older generation as J. G. Hornstein, came to Oundle as Modern Languages Master early in 1879 and was closely associated with the School for 55 years.

For some years he was assistant master in School House under St. John Reade, when the Headmaster himself lived at Cobthorne in West Street and the boys were housed in the old building in the Churchyard. In 1881 a new boarding-house (Sidney) was started, and soon moved to the upper part of what is now New House. Lowdell was in charge of the boys' studies across the road in the Albion Rooms.

In 1888 he married Miss Lowdell, whose name many years later he adopted, and soon after took over the duties of School Secretary in addition to his ordinary School work. The numbers in the School were then about 120, but they diminished to 92 in 1892, after which date they steadily rose, and the Secretary's duties became constantly heavier. He had charge of books and stationery, kept the School account books, sent out School bills; and without any assistant discharged the miscellaneous duties of a secretary in addition to a full timetable as a Modern Language teacher. Of these secretarial duties he was relieved in 1911, but continued to teach until 1922, when a partial breakdown in health compelled his retirement, but he returned in 1924 to take a few classes. This work gave him the greatest pleasure until Christmas, 1933, when he definitely gave up his School work.

Though too short-sighted to be an athlete Lowdell had many outdoor interests, and certainly played for the Masters' Cricket XI against the School on many occasions. In the early days he rode his" penny-farthing " cycle all over the county to places of architectural or archaeological interest, and almost to the end of his life would say that he seldom walked less than 50 miles a week. He often took reading parties abroad, and some of those still at Oundle who went with him to Parame can remember him as a delightful holiday companion. He was a man of wide culture, and his house was filled with books in many languages. In earlier days he published a novel, "Warped," under the name of John Garth, and later a delightful book, “Caravan Tales”. At the time of his death he had just finished the MS. of “Fifty-five Years at Oundle," and it is hoped that a work of much interest to ll connected with the School or town will find a publisher. His foreword to the book was to have concluded as follows: "It has been my singular and happy lot to have enjoyed the esteem and goodwill of generations of boys, each of whom has been a friend to me ... May they flourish and abound, and in the quiet of their hearts affectionately remember the man they used to know as “Old Horney”.

He leaves three sons, of whom the two eldest joined the services and fought through the Great War. His wife died in December, 1930.

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Description In Memoriam published in the Laxtonian, the Oundle School Magazine. Courtesy of Mr. Stephen Forge, Archivist, Oundle School
Date 1934
Location Oundle, Northamptonshire
Note 4: Address: 247 Caterham Drive, Old Coulsdon, Surrey. Analytical Chemist (Retired)
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