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Byline: The Register-Guard

Raymond Lowe

A celebration of life will be held Sunday for Raymond "Ray" Lowe of Eugene, a pioneer in family and school counseling, who died Jan. 23 of cancer at age 83.

Lowe went to work at the University of Oregon as teacher placement service director in 1955. He founded the Eugene Community Parent-Teacher Education Center in 1958 and served as its director for 20 years. In 1976, he founded and directed a parent-teen-ager counseling program.

He also served as director of the VISTA training program from 1965 to 1969 and in June 1983 conducted a series of professional seminars in China on family counseling and psychotherapy.

He was especially interested in parent-child relations and developed ideas and procedures for helping parents and teachers improve their relationships with children. A licensed psychologist, he had extensive experience in teaching, administration, counseling and working with low-income people in poverty programs.

At the UO, he trained counselors in Adlerian theory, Dreikursian principles of human interaction and family mediation. He was a member of the Oregon Mediation Association, the Oregon Counseling Association and received numerous awards from various mediation and counseling groups.

He was born Aug. 20, 1918, in Magnolia, Mass., to Nichola Parrottino and Olive Murry. He graduated from high school in Gloucester, Mass., in 1936 and served in the Navy from 1946 to 1947 as officer in charge of the store-keeping school in Great Lakes, Ill.

He married Wilma Mitchell in Evanston, Ill., in 1946. They later divorced.

He received a bachelor of science degree from Massachusetts State College in Fitchburg and a certificate from the Baker Graduate School of Business at Harvard University. He also held master's and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University.

While living in Massachusetts, Lowe taught in elementary and secondary schools. At Northwestern, he worked as a counselor in the guidance laboratory and the adult counseling center.

His personal interests included horses and gardening.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Tussing and Janet Blair, both of Eugene; and three grandchildren.

Sunday's gathering will be at 1 p.m. at the Baker Downtown Center, 975 High St. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions in Lowe's memory can be made to the Ray Lowe Memorial Trust at the downtown branch of Washington Mutual.

William Doyle

REEDSPORT - The funeral will be Feb. 8 for William Hilbert Doyle of Reedsport, who died Feb. 3 of age-related causes. He was 80.

Doyle was born April 11, 1921, in Dinuba, Calif., to Sterling and Hallie Koogler Doyle. He married Annette Andruss in Reno, Nev., on July 12, 1943. She died Nov. 24, 1997.

He moved to Waldport in the 1930s, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged at the rank of corporal. He began building his house along the Smith River in Reedsport in 1950. He lived there until his death.

Doyle worked as a logger for many years. He also worked for Root, Brown, Knutson and McKinnon Rock Quarry and later for International Paper until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, salmon fishing and camping. Doyle was a lifetime member of the Odd Fellows and a Past Noble Grand.

Survivors include three sons, William of Lebanon, and Danny and Donald, both of Reedsport; a daughter, Evonne Henry of Billings, Mont.; eight sisters, Viola of Vernonia, Doris Huff of Dallas, Ore., Betty Hass of Salem, Lettie Lowdon of Garibaldi, June Perry and Elsie Brannon, both of Reedsport, Kathryn Doyle of Newport and Rosalie Dalton of Prineville; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport.

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