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Art Lowe (1936 to 2009)

Arthur W. Lowe, 72, of Palm Desert, California, died on February 18, 2009. Lowe was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on August 25, 1936, and graduated from Regis High School, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

After graduation from law school, Lowe was an investment banker in New York City at Smith Barney and then a founding partner of Lineberger and Lowe, Inc. In 1972, he moved his family to Kahuku, Hawaii, on the north shore of Oahu. There he took over an old sugar plantation and converted it into a hybrid corn seed operation—and later helped pioneer shrimp and prawn farming in Hawaii, Ecuador and Malaysia.

The Lowe Group owned interests in a prawn hatchery in Malaysia and a 750-acre shrimp farm in Ecuador.

In 1978, Lowe built Lowe Aquafarm, one of the largest prawn farms in Hawaii. He sought the state's help in planning the project and reported the political environment in Hawaii for aquaculture development was light years ahead of any other state in the USA.

Lowe Farms, Inc., which operated Lowe Aquafarms, was later acquired by Amorient, Inc. of Laguna Niguel, California. Amorient, Inc. was an international petroleum marketing company and a former minority stockholder in Lowe Farms. An Amorient subsidiary, Amorient Hawaii, Ltd., ran the acquisition. Art Lowe, former president of Lowe Farms, retained a financial position in Amorient Hawai and served as director of International Activities.

Sources: 1. Leader-Telegram (serving Eau Claire, Wisconsin). Arthur Lowe. February 23, 2009. 2. Honolulu Star Bulletin. Kahuku Aquafarm Sold. January 21, 1982. 3. Star Bulletin (Honolulu, HI). Prospects brighten for aquaculture. August 8, 1978; and Advertiser (Honolulu, HI). Aquafarm building. August 7, 1978. 4. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, February 6, 2017.

 

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