Betty Lowe, Arkansas Children's Hospital Icon, Dies at 78

Betty Lowe, former medical director at Arkansas Children's Hospital and a long-time advocate of the institution, died Tuesday night at age 78.

She served in various positions at Children's and was a professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Lowe is considered to have played a major role in making ACH one of the nation's leading pediatric hospitals.

"It is a very sad day for us here at Arkansas Children’s Hospital," said ACH President and CEO Jonathan Bates. "On behalf of all of us here at ACH, we will be eternally grateful to Dr. Lowe, who dedicated her life to the service of the children of Arkansas and to the education of those who serve them. She was their advocate, healer and friend. In fact, she was a friend to us all. I cannot imagine ACH without Dr. Lowe, but her spirit permeates everything we do."

Lowe's family will be holding a graveside service this weekend and memorial services will be held in Little Rock in early April; details are being worked out. Condolences may be sent to the home of Dr. Mary Good, 14300 Chenal Pkwy, #7258, Little Rock, AR 72211.