Dr. John Lowenfeld

  • Born: March 3, 1931
  • Died: May 22, 2019
  • Location: Akron, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

4334 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44109

Tel. (216) 741-7700

Tribute & Message From The Family

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. John Lowenfeld; loving husband of Nancy Clem, father of Robin, David (Laurie), Laura (Scott), father-in-law of Judith, step father of Sally (and "adopted' daughter Mindy) and Jason (Cynthia) proud grandfather of Cristina (Joseph), Christopher (Benjamin), and Grayton and friend to many. John was born in Austria in 1931 and was the proud son of Viktor and Margaret Lowenfeld. As a young child in Austria, John developed his love of learning and of the outdoors and spent much of his time in the mountains at a youth camp where his parents worked during summers. With the invasion of Austria, he and his parents migrated to the United States in 1938.
John spent his formative years in Hampton, Virginia where his father, Viktor Lowenfeld, was professor of art education at Hampton College. Eventually the family moved to State College, PA. John received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University.
John came to Ohio in 1958 after two years as a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service in Denver, Colorado. When asked, John shared this experience as highly memorable. He served on the Board of Directors for Ohio Psychological Association and chaired or served on numerous committees. His most important role with OPA was serving on The Select Committee of eminent psychologists who created the Professional School of Psychology at Wright State University, one of the first independent schools of psychology in the USA. Establishing the Professional School was not without strong opposition from traditionalists and required strong clinical, academic, and political skills to overcome the opposition. The Professional School continues as one of the outstanding Schools of Professional Psychology in the US.

In 1961 John joined the Psychology staff of the Brecksville Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, a psychiatric hospital where he served as a ward psychologist, as the Assistant Chief, and as the Director of Clinical Training for Psychology. As Director of Clinical training he gained the American Psychological Association's approval for the Hospital's clinical training program for doctoral trainees in psychology.

After retirement from the VA in 1989, he practiced with Behavior Management Associates, Western Reserve Psychologic Association, and adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University.
John will be remembered by family, friends, and associates as a loving husband, father, and grandfather; distinguished, compassionate and patient psychologist; champion of social consciousness; and a gentleman that held the highest honesty and integrity. This gentle, wise, caring and wonderful man left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be missed dearly. He was a lover of books, classical music, photography and the outdoors. He loved camping and fishing and instilled the love of nature in his children. He had a life-long love affair with foods from his childhood and for his favorite companion – his dogs.
His life was well lived and he was loved. His spirit was released from his worn out body on May 22, 2019 and he is now fishing somewhere on the other side with all of his past dogs in his boat.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in John's name to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (www.donate.ushmm.org). Memorial Service to be held on Thursday, May 30th at 11:00am at New Covenant Community Church, 1587 W. Exchange St., Akron, OH. www.buschcares.com 216-741-7700


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Robin, David, Laura and families,

You have my deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved father. I've had fond memories of him since I was five years old! May your hearts find the peace to heal, knowing he's now at peace. My heart is with you. Memory eternal.

Posted by Mary Beth Reddy - Broadview Heights, OH - Neighbor   May 29, 2019

What a wonderful tribute to John. I really enjoyed spending quality time at his cabin with him, Sally and Nancy decades ago. I never knew he was a native of Austria! May he rest in peace. We offer our prayers to all of John's family.

Posted by Kerry Clawson - Akron, OH - Friend   May 25, 2019

We are sorry for your family's loss. What a wonderful tribute you shared and a loving, living legacy your family carries on. We pray you feel God's comfort and peace in this time of loss.
David and Beth DeFelice

Posted by David DeFelice - Medina, OH   May 24, 2019

My heart goes out to all who feel the loss of this kind and gentle man. John was a part of the Wilson family. He was like a brother to my dad and an uncle to Linda, Wendy and myself. He helped shape me into who I am. I will hold him in my heart and cherish my memories of him forever.

Posted by Jennifer Petric (Wilson) - North Ridgeville, OH   May 24, 2019

Sorry to hear of John's passing, was a kind and wonderful neighbor at Leesville Lake . God Blessings to all of the Family . We miss you all. What a wonderful Life !
Jim & Elaine Shoaff

Posted by James Shoaff - MEDINA, OH   May 23, 2019

Love and light to all of you on the passing of a great man. Lori and Matthew Canfield

Posted by Lori Canfield - Cleveland, OH - Friend   May 23, 2019

I knew Dr. Lowenfeld when I worked at Brecksville Animal Hospital and he would come in with his dogs. He was so kind and interesting. My deepest condolences to the family.
Diana Skorepa, North Royalton

Posted by Diana Skorepa - North Royalton, OH   May 23, 2019

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