Melvin Jones Fellow: Lowell Lueck

Lueck accepting Melvin Jones Award


Lowell Lueck was born on a farm north of Ames, Iowa, on August 3, 1933, the fourth of five children.  He attended one-room elementary schools for the first three grades and then the rest of his school years were in Clarion, Iowa.  A year after graduating he attended Iowa State University for two years. Then, out of money, he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving for a year and a half with the 801st Engineering Aviation Battalion in England, working as a company clerk.  In 1956 he returned to Iowa State with G.I. Bill benefits and completed a  Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in 1958.

He then worked for the Iowa State Extension Service in northwest Iowa.  After a year and a half
he again used his G.l. benefits to complete a master's degree in Counseling and Guidance at the
University of Northern Iowa.  There he met Lois Madsen who was completing a degree in home
economics.  A year later they were married and Lowell began work in Rolfe, Iowa, teaching junior high social studies and science classes, along with counseling high school students.  Three years later they moved to Gowrie, Iowa, where Lowell was Guidance Director.  After another three years, and now with a son and two daughters, Lowell moved to college level work.


This time to Marshalltown, Iowa, where Lowell was both a counselor and teacher of psychology and education  classes at Marshalltown Community College. Their next move brought them to Macomb, where Lowell served as Assistant Director of Institutional Studies.  After three years they were on to Bloomington, Indiana, where Lowell completed a doctorate in Higher Education Administration. They returned to Macomb where Lowell was Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Planning until1983 when he was promoted to Director. He retired in 1993 and became active in such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and the Western Illinois Museum.  He served as President of the Museum Board for 3 years. He has also served on the McDonough County Historical Society Board, the Macomb Historic Preservation Commission, the Western Illinois Regional Council Board, and numerous other boards over the years in addition  to active involvement with his church.  Lois and Lowell also have 9 grandchildren who keep them young.


Lowell joined the Macomb Lions Club in 1976  (he had been a Lions member in Iowa in the late 1960's).  He has served in all three vice-presidential positions, and was President  in 1984-85. He has also chaired the Bulbs and Brooms and Candy Days activities.  In addition he has served as Lion
Tamer and Tail Twister.  He has always been active in his local Club and believes that a Club can succeed only if the members are supportive and involved to the full extent of their abilities.


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