George Lowery was the Cornell Chronicle’s managing editor, renowned for his sharp pen, friendly manner, infectious laugh and inspiring words that would move readers along with him. For many years his sharp eye, engaging personality, infectious laugh and inspiring messages became the driving force behind their news organization’s success.
He prioritized news value and sentence clarity, smoothing paragraphs to match Associated Press style. Furthermore, he eliminated needless words to engage readers and enhance stories’ quality.
Early Life and Education
George Lowrey was born in South Carolina to Henry and Ellenora J. Dyer-Wilson.
He earned his education from Sumter County School System and Adult Literacy Center in Sumter, South Carolina before attending University of New Jersey at Paramus, New Jersey.
He was the co-founder and former president of the Black Leadership Forum, an alliance of African American advocacy organizations that began protesting apartheid in South Africa. Additionally, he served on the boards of both the National Black Caucus and National Urban League; additionally, he spoke at several nonprofit conferences and wrote books. A renowned advocate for civil rights and social justice issues, he has received numerous awards over his lifetime.
George Lowrey’s professional career spanned three decades, culminating in his role as third base coach for the Chicago Cubs. Additionally, he served as coach to teams such as Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants.
He was an outstanding coach with a passion for teaching and believed in the power of education. A member of several professional organizations, such as NASPA (National Association for Student Affairs), he earned numerous awards and honors in recognition of his contributions to higher education and student affairs.
George also generously donated his time as a cattle judge at numerous shows across America. His vast knowledge and skills in cattle care and feeding had earned him his reputation among other trimmers for correcting hooves and caring for livestock alike. His guidance was sought-after by many throughout the industry.
Achievements and Honors
George Lowrey’s life was a testament to his devotion to family, community and the pursuit of knowledge. He served on numerous boards and committees related to education, industry and engineering and technology.
Throughout his career, he was recognized with numerous honors. These included the Lasker Award for Public Health, Dyer Award and Emil Christian Hansen Prize.
He was the recipient of both the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and the National Medal of Science, as well as being a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Moreover, among his other professional accomplishments he served as chairman of NASA Transition Team–an advisory body to President-elect Ronald Reagan–for eight years.
George Lowrey was an honorable and honest member of the Cherokee Nation and served as its chief. President Washington recognized him with a presidential medallion.
He was the first to learn Sequoyah’s Syllabary (after Sequoyah had taught it to his daughter) and played an influential role in spreading literacy among Cherokees.
His family moved to the West when he was sixty-five, and he passed away there on October 20, 1852. He is buried in Tahlequah Cemetery overlooking Oklahoma City.
He was renowned as a real estate tycoon and employed at least two women. One was Marion Crane, who served as his personal security when he had large sums of cash on him.
George Lowrey was a Scottish trader and miller who settled in Battle Creek valley, serving as an influential leader of the Sequatchie tribe. A man of many talents, George enjoyed raising his children above all else.
He had hoped that the promises he and other Cherokee leaders had made to the government would remain intact, but his expectations weren’t fully fulfilled.
On February 11, 2020, his net worth is estimated to be $52.9 Million dollars. He owns 70,884 units of Prudential Financial Inc (PRU) stock.