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Cornelius "Cornie" Loew

Oct. 31, 1998

Cornelius "Cornie" Loew, former vice president of academic affairs and University professor emeritus died Oct. 23 in Troy, Mich. He was 82.

Loew had a long association with the University, beginning here in 1956 as a professor of philosophy and religion. He was named head of the department of philosophy and religion in 1958, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1964 and dean in 1968. He became Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1977 and served in that role for two years. In 1980, he was granted the title of University Professor. He retired in 1986.

The author of numerous articles and two books, "Modern Rivals to Christian Faith" and "Myth Sacred History and Philosophy," he also co-authored a book with Dr. Charles T. Brown, titled "The Conflict in the American Dream."

In 1970, Loew received a Danforth Administrators Fellowship and special leave from WMU for four months of research at Atlanta University and for travel in Africa. He was also elected a Kent Fellow of the Society for Religion in Higher Education and was later a member of the society's central committee and board of directors. He was currently a member of the board of directors for WMU's Cistercian Studies program and had been since 1973.

Memorials can be made to The Kathryn Loew Scholarship Fund through the WMU Foundation, the Loew Lecture Series through the Medieval Institute or Cranbook Hospice in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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