Richard A. Lowndes, a flight instructor and master picture framer, died June 15 of complications after heart surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
The former Riderwood resident was 61.
The son of a Maryland National Bank executive and a fine-arts appraiser, Richard Arden Lowndes was born in Baltimore and raised on Springway Road in Riderwood. He used his middle name of Arden.
Mr. Lowndes was a great-grandson of Lloyd Lowndes Jr., who was elected Maryland governor in 1896. He was the the state's first Republican governor after the Civil War.
After graduating in 1969 from Towson High School, Mr. Lowndes enrolled at American Flyers in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he earned his pilot's license and then became a longtime flight instructor.
Mr. Lowndes left the flight school in 1993 and opened a pro shop in Pompano Beach. After closing the business, he worked as a master golf club maker for a company in Augusta. He later traveled the professional golf circuit repairing golf clubs, family members said.
For the last seven years, Mr. Lowndes worked for Hand Crafted Framing in Evans, Ga., making frames for commercial businesses and photographers. At his death, the seven-year resident of Martinez, Ga., was working part time.
Mr. Lowndes was a former communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton.
Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.
Mr. Lowndes is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Laurie E. Collins; a son, Austin C. Lowndes of Martinez; a daughter, Hannah P. Lowndes of Martinez; a sister, H. Parker Lowndes Twist-Schlink of Wake Forest, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun