Posted by Roger Annear
Vale Past President Martin Lowe (PHF)
Sadly in late July the Rotary Club of Mt Martha and District 9820 lost one of its respected members in Past President Martin Lowe who passed away following a period of ill health.
Martin a research scientist with the CSIRO joined Rotary in 1997 and quickly involved himself International Service and with Youth and Group Study Exchange being a focus.
He became Club President for 2010-11 a year that saw and Martin as President leading the Club in hosting the District Conference at Shepparton on behalf of DG David Piper.
Martin had a passion for youth and their education and this was recognised by his appointment as Associate Professor at Swinburne University. From 2001 he led our club’s Junior Community Awards program at Osborne Primary School. A program that he ran for many years. He later took a keen interest in the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), promoting numerous candidates from our club. Later on he became the District 9820 NYSF Chairperson, a role he held from 2011 to 2017. As District Chair he oversaw the selection of over 300 students. Many of whom came back in later years to serve on the NYSF committee and student selection panels. He travelled to Canberra to participate in the NYSF as a Rotary helper. Many students benefited from their time with Martin who was able to share his experience as a practicing research scientist in LASER research. It was a the privilege to listen to him explain to a group of students how his research team was able to create an environment close to absolute zero temperature ( -273 degrees Celsius) by trapping individual atoms and particles and rendering them motionless by the use of very precise lasers, displaying his ability to explain complex concepts to students.
A passionate gentleman missed by many, respected by all.