Bob Lowry was a recognized expert on the proper use of chemicals in the industry and a frequent speaker at many of the pool industry functions we both attended. He will be missed, but his legacy will continue through the many training manuals he authored for the swimming pool service tech.
Ray Arouesty Arrow Insurance Service, Westlake Village, California ———
I really enjoyed my conversations with Bob. He was always searching for the truth and for new ideas and was willing to really dig into a topic so that he could completely understand it. We didn’t always agree, but we respected each other because we were both eager to learn. Every time I spoke to Bob, I came away with a new fact or a new way of looking at things. Bob was generous with his time and his knowledge because he was truly interested in helping other people.
Ellen Meyer Sigura Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia ———
I met Bob many years ago when he was with Service Industry News. I would like to think I’m quite knowledgeable in water chemistry because of what I learned from Bob. I was a student of Bob’s in many classes and Bob was a big part of IPSSA’s education; and he always there for us. We have lost an icon, and a friend. R.I.P.
Joe Lukacik Sun Pools, Lakeside, California ——— Bob had the leadership and vision that separates him from most. His selfless commitment to our industry and to so many individuals has motivated me personally to try and give back.
Our industry is only where it’s at today because we stand on the shoulders of a giant.
Alan Smith,Alan Smith Pool Plastering, Orange, California.
Bob was definitely a maverick in this industry because he didn’t play by political or corporate rules. He sought to develop and teach practical, down to earth methods for independent pool professionals to better understand water chemistry. Throughout his time in the industry he developed helpful specialty products to make the job easier such as a very popular polymer water clarifier and liquid CYA.
His greatest legacy however are his many detailed books on water chemistry. The IPSSA manuals and the books he developed for use in the Pool Chemistry Certified Residential class. Not everyone agrees with his methods but no one can ever doubt his passion and energy and the love he had for this industry. He gave that love back freely until the day he left this world.
Terry Arko, Hasa Pool Inc., Saugus, California.
Bob greatest skill was making understandable the hard science of water balance and sanitation. He has to have been one of the most influential people in the Aquatics industry for nearly 50 years, but most importantly he was a dear friend that will be greatly missed.
Eric Nielson, The Western Pool & Spa Show, Long Beach, California.