Dr. John S. Lowther, who
completed his preparation for the dental profession by graduation from
the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at Baltimore, Maryland, with the
class of 1899, has practiced continuously in Edmonton since 1903 and
there are few representatives of the calling who have been residents of
the city for a longer period. Dr. Lowther was born in Prince Edward
Island, in 1875, his parents, William and Sarah (McFadyen) Lowther,
being also natives of that place. The father was a son of Matthew
Lowther, who was born in Northumberland county, England, whence he came
to the new world at the age of nine years, settling in Prince Edward
Island. The grandfather in the maternal line was Hector McFadyen, a
native of Scotland, who also became one of the early residents of Prince
Edward Island. Throughout much of his active life William Lowther, the
father of the Doctor, followed farming on his native isle, but his last
days were spent in Edmonton, where he passed away in 1921, and where his
widow still resides. She is a member of the Presbyterian church, to
which Mr. Lowther also belonged, and he gave his political allegiance to
the Liberal party.
John S. Lowther, an only
child, pursued his early education in the public schools of his native
place and afterward attended Prince of Wales College at Charlottetown.
Subsequently he went to Baltimore, Maryland, where he prepared for his
professional career, being graduated from the Baltimore College of
Dental Surgery with the D. D. S. degree, in 1899. He then returned to
Summerside, Prince Edward Island, where he continued in the active
practice of dentistry for four years, and in 1903 he came to Edmonton,
where he opened an office, which he has since conducted. He practiced
his profession privately until 1919, when he took charge of the dental
department of the Edmonton public school board. His methods are
thoroughly modern and scientific in every regard and he keeps abreast of
the times by wide reading, study and investigation.
In 1905 Dr. Lowther was
married to Miss Sarah Robertson, who was born in Prince Edward Island
and was educated in the Prince of Wales College, after which she engaged
in teaching for a time. Dr. and Mrs. Lowther have a son, Kenneth, who
was born January 24, 1910, and is therefore thirteen years of age. Dr.
Lowther and his wife belong to the Presbyterian church and he is a Royal
Arch Mason, loyal to the teachings and purposes of both church and
fraternity. He is a Liberal in politics but has never been an active
party worker, as his ambition has been rather along the line of his
profession, in which he has made steady advancement.