A Dear Friend Passes
by Jennifer Hafer
Only a man as accomplished as Larry Lowenstein could get away with calling his memoirs, “Famous People Who Have Known Me.”
At Kennesaw State University, however, Lowenstein was famous in his own right, helping to organize exhibitions, creating and producing a television show to promote the university and teaching a popular class on how to write a book and get it published. He and his wife of 33 years, Joyce, were also fixtures on the university’s art scene, regularly attending theater productions, concerts and art exhibitions. Lowenstein, 86, died of a heart attack Oct. 3.
Friends remember Larry Lowenstein
By Cheryl Anderson Brown
Friends of the irrepressible Larry Lowenstein gathered outside of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on Nov. 30, 2007 to dedicate a tree in his memory. Lowenstein, who passed away in October 2006, had been part of the Kennesaw State University family for nearly 15 years following a very successful career in "show business" as a press agent. He worked in the university's Division of Continuing Education but he was well known across the campus.
Lowenstein and his wife of 33 years, Joyce, were also devoted arts supporters.
At the brief ceremony, KSU Arts Dean Joseph Meeks and Continuing Education Dean Barbara Calhoun offered amusing stories about Lowenstein. Then, his friend, Steve Newfield shared his memories of breakfasting weekly with him and other friends at Goldberg's.
"We made it our policy that you had to pay your $12 every week, whether you came or not," Newfield said. Then, he pulled out an envelope and explained that it had been given to him that very morning at Goldberg's. Inside was $12.
Handing the money to Joyce Lowenstein, Newfield laughed. "It was a lot harder to get the money from him when he was alive!"
Dean Calhoun then invited the crowd to encircle the tree holding hands to pass a hand squeeze from one person to the next until it reached Mrs. Lowenstein.