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Rebecca H. Lowery, university administrator

Rebecca Lowery was director of finance and administration for the Johns Hopkins University's Department of Development and Alumni Relations.
Rebecca Lowery was director of finance and administration for the Johns Hopkins University's Department of Development and Alumni Relations.

Rebecca H. Lowery, who was director of finance and administration for the Johns Hopkins University's Department of Development and Alumni Relations, was killed Oct. 22 when a tree fell on her car while she was driving. She was 52.

Ms. Lowery was driving south on Falls Road between Ruxton and Old Pimlico roads during a rainy morning commute when a tree fell on her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene, said her husband of 29 years, Howard Lowery, an X-ray technician.

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The daughter of Harry David Flumbaum, a college counselor, and Alice Reid Flumbaum, a teacher, the former Rebecca Lynn Flumbaum was born in Louisville, Ky. At an early age, she moved with her family to Gardenville, and later Edgewood.

After graduating in 1980 from Edgewood High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1984 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a master's degree in administrative science in 1990 from Johns Hopkins.

Ms. Lowery began her career in 1986 as a grants assistant at the Johns Hopkins' School of Medicine and was later promoted to budget analyst, financial manager, senior financial manager, and in 1994 to assistant administrator.

In 2001, she was appointed director of finance and administration for the Department of Development and Alumni Relations at Hopkins.

In addition to her work at Hopkins, Ms. Lowery taught and tutored mathematics students at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk and in her neighborhood.

Ms. Lowery was a breast cancer survivor, family members said.

"She was a woman of strength who regularly demonstrated grace, generosity and gratitude. She was the kind of person who always wanted to help," said Rachelle L. Cummins, her sister-in-law, who lives in Bethesda. "She inspired and challenged many to love and be loved."

The Rumsey Island resident enjoyed cooking, gardening, theater and travel. She also enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and friends.

"Rebecca always had a smile on her face and was such a bubbly person," said Ms. Cummins.

Ms. Lowery was an active member of Mountain Christian Church, where she helped with parking, attended a small weekly Bible study group, and supported global and local outreach for children.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at her church, 1824 Mountain Road, Joppa.

In addition to her husband and sister-in-law, Ms. Lowery is survived by her parents, who live in Parkville; a brother, David Reid Flumbaum of Bethesda; two nieces; and three nephews.

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