Lowell Francis Bernard passed away on September 20, 2019 at the age of 87. He was born in Long Beach, California on December 14, 1931 to Francis and Irma Bernard. One of his favorite memories as a young boy was picking avocados on his family farm. Also as a boy, he was a member of the St. Luke’s Choristers ultimately joining the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood. With the group, Lowell took part in 32 motion pictures and 50 television shows. He attended Long Beach public schools and went to college at UCLA where he studied biology as an undergraduate and received a Master’s in Public Health.
In his 39 years as an administrator and educator in community health promotion, he taught at UCLA, Dutchess Community College in New York, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. During this time, he received the United States Secretary of Health and Human Service Award as one of the nation’s top health promotion programs. His administrative leadership included being Executive Director of the Cleveland Health Education Museum. He was also selected as an international consultant for the World Health Organization in Paris. His assisted over a dozen countries in their development of health education programs and facilities.
On June 15, 1957, Lowell married Diana Gypson and had 62 wonderful years of marriage. They were able to enjoy many years of travel around the world. Lowell’s favorite activities included woodworking, playing golf and tennis, watching movies, and outsmarting squirrels.
His hugs, sense of humor, and generosity will be missed. Lowell is survived by his wife, Diana; daughters, Deborah (Gary) and Jocelyn (Chris); and son, Steven (Susan); seven grandchildren, Amanda, Jenette, Brian, Jeffrey, Samantha, Madeline, and Clay; and four great grandchildren, Asher, Elle, Jean, and Luka.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 pm at Canterwood Golf and Country Club, 12606 54th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014
Phone: 1-800-708-7644 or Online
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