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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
John S. Lowther, D.D.S.

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.


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