Tony Lowe, Raytown South High School, Class of 1970
Tony Lowe attended Blue Ridge Elementary and Raytown South Junior, graduating from Raytown South High in 1970 and later from the University of Missouri. Already possessing a Private and Commercial Private Pilot’s License, Tony entered Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and upon graduating was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Tony graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Enid, Oklahoma. While at his first assignment, he completed his Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science and Squadron Officers School. His flying career included flying Electronic Warfare Aircraft, Special Operations, VIP Transport, Airlift Support and Training Aircraft. He accumulated over 5,000 flying hours during his military career and served as an Instructor and Evaluator Pilot.
Tony also served in several Special Duty Assignments during his career as an accredited United States Diplomat. These included Military Attache, U.S. Embassy Manila, Republic of the Philippines; Deputy Commander, United States Military Advisory Group, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and advisory assignments in Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Peru. Tony also served in Operation Desert Storm and returned to the area on two occasions. He has flown on all continents, except Antarctica and has piloted aircrafts flying Heads of State, Foreign Dignitaries, Vice President of the United States, Commanding Generals, as well as his family for pleasure.
After retirement from Government Service, Tony was hired by Southwest Airlines where he has been employed for over 13 years. He is Captain with over 15,000 flying hours and flies from his crew base in Baltimore, Maryland.
Tony is proud of his marriage of 40 years to Janet, 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee and his high school sweetheart, serving his county in challenging locations and jobs, being able to learn and use three foreign languages, becoming Captain for a major airline and having his daughter, Amy, give back to the community loving her job as a Raytown Schools Special Education teacher. Tony and Janet have two grand daughters, Alexis and Andrea.