In Memoriam

Dr. Fletcher Lowry

Dr. Fletcher B. Lowry, a former professor and chairman of the Department of Physical Education at UCA, died Sept. 3. He was 85 years old.

Dr. Lowry’s career spanned from 1953 to 1988, from his being Head Coach at Heratio High School to Professor and Chairman of the Physical Education Department at the University of Central Arkansas. He served two terms as president of the Arkansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; he was president of Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity at UCA where he was a lifetime member.

In 1996 he was elected Professor Emeritus at UCA; in 2004 he was elected to the Central Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame; in 2008 the entry way to H.P.E.R. was named in his honor, and during this year’s “Bear Bash” at U.C.A. he was recognized for his many years of teaching and coaching.
Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Jo Nell (Alsip); daughters: Phyllis Ann Hunter and husband Tim of Iowa Park, Texas, Sandra Kay Adkisson of Conway, and Debra Jo Davis and husband B.J., also of Conway; grandchildren, Benjamin Ky Hunter and wife Shani, Justin Lowry Adkisson and wife Danielle, Lindsay Nichole Parker and husband Matt and Christopher James Davis; great-grandchild, Hunter Bowen Parker; a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, John William Lowry, Autus Thaddeus Lowry and LeRoy Martin Lowry. Source: The Log Cabin.

Dr. Joe Hatcher

Dr. Joe Hatcher, who once served as vice president of development at UCA, died June 1 at the age of 75. Dr. Hatcher served as the president of Hendrix College from 1981 to 1991 and then went to work for First Commercial Bank as a vice chairman.  In his last years he served as the Headmaster at Pulaski Academy on an interim basis on two different occasions. In between that time he was a consultant for colleges and for placement companies finding college executives. He also worked for Fred Huston Consulting.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Irma Gail Hatcher, his son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Lee Hatcher, his son Geoff Hatcher, his daughter and son-in-law Gailyn and Rob Strobing, Tammy and Bryon Childress, and his six grandchildren, Kelsey, Haley, Larkin, Layne, and Mattie Hatcher, Lindley Childress, and his dog, Rudy.
Dr. Hatcher was very involved in the community serving on numerous boards and charities. He was very active in the community serving as Chairman of CARTI,President of the Conway Chamber of Commerce, the First Commercial Bank Board, the UCA Foundation Board, and also served on the Conway Hospice Committee. Source: The Log Cabin Democrat

Silas Snow, Jr.

Silas Snow, Jr., son of former UCA President Silas Snow, passed away on June 17 at Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Va. He was 73 years old. Mr. Snow  is survived by his long-time partner, Carl Jackson of Alexandria, VA; a sister, Sue Cooper of Little Rock; Ms. Cooper’s three children and their children; and a host of other family and friends. His parents, Silas D. and Mary Titus Snow preceded him in death.

After consistently graduating with honors from Conway High School;  Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa; and a Master of Arts Degree in Economics at UC-Berkley in Berkley, CA; Mr. Snow  had a long career with IBM before enjoying several years of active retirement. His career with IBM included systems engineering and IBM education, where he conducted classes throughout the U.S. and in many foreign venues.

Mr. Snow served his country as a Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserves and his community through volunteer work and his active involvement in political causes.  Source: Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home