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H. A. LOWE, M. D. There is no positive rule for achieving success, and yet in the life of the successful man there are always lessons which might well be followed. The man who gains prosperity in any vocation is he who can see and utilize the opportunity that comes in his path. The essential conditions of human life are ever the same, the surroundings of individuals differ but slightly, and when one man passes another on the highway of life to reach the goal of prosperity before others who perhaps started out in life before him, it is because he has the power to use advantages which probably encompass the whole human race. Although yet young in years, Dr. H. A. Lowe, president of the board of directors of the Southwest hospital, of Springfield, stands among the progressive, prominent and successful physicians, and surgeons in a locality long noted for the high order of its medical talent. The qualities of keen discernment, sound judgment and quick perception have entered very largely into his makeup and have been contributing elements to the professional success which has come to him.
Doctor Lowe was born in Berwick, Newton county, Missouri, September 21, 1884. He is a son of F. M. and Flora (Roberts) Lowe. The father was born in Tennessee and when a child his parents removed with him from that state to Newton county, Missouri, where the grandfather of our subject established the future home of the family on a farm and. there spent the rest of his life, dying prior to the breaking out of the Civil war; and there the father, F. M. Lowe, grew to manhood, received such education as the old-time schools afforded and there married Flora Roberts, a native of Newton county, Missouri, and whose parents were natives of Tennessee.
To F. M. Lowe and wife eight children were born, four sons and four daughters, namely: H. A. Lowe, our subject; Kirk C., who lives in Butterfield, Missouri; Charles, deceased; Vida Belle married a Mr. Pennel and they live near Butterfield, Missouri; Bessie, Bruce, Blanche and Britt are all living at home. When a young man, the doctor's father began life as a general farmer and stock raiser which he continues to follow with gratifying results. Both parents are still living near Butterfield, Missouri.
Dr. H. A. Lowe grew to manhood on the farm in Newton county and there made himself generally useful when of proper age, and in the winter months he attended the public schools of his community, later spent two years in the Pierce City Baptist College, then studied three years at Drury College, Springfield. In due course of time he entered the medical department of the St. Louis University, where he made a splendid record, and from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1909, after four years' study. He also had a year's hospital training at Alexian Brothers' Hospital in St. Louis. He came to Springfield in 1910 and began the practice of his profession, and for two years was associated with the late Doctor Terry, one of the leading surgeons of Greene county of a past generation. The association continued until the death of Doctor Terry, in 1912.
Doctor Lowe is president of a board of directors, composed of five leading Springfield physicians, that built the Southwest Hospital here, which was designed for the general public and. is open to the patients of all reputable physicians. It has been a pronounced success from the first, is modernly equipped in every respect and pleasantly and conveniently located, and an efficient corps of trained nurses are constantly in attendance. It is managed under a superb system and is rapidly growing in public favor. The other members of the board of directors are Dr. T. O. Klingner, vice-president; Dr. D. U. Sherman, secretary and treasurer; Dr. M. C. Stone and Dr. E. F. James.
Doctor Lowe confines his practice strictly to surgical work and has become one of the leading men of his profession.
Politically Doctor Lowe is a Democrat, and fraternally he belongs to the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Scottish Rite Masons, and has attained the thirty-second degree and Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias.
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