Leading Lafayette business owner Robert Lowe began supporting Ochsner years ago because of his esteem for its founders, whom he knew as friends. "They were wonderful doctors and wonderful people," Robert says. "Dr. Alton Ochsner especially was a longtime friend of my wife's family, the Parkersons." Robert remembers Dr. Ochsner fishing at the family camp in Grand Isle.

Robert says he continues to give because of his admiration for what these early doctors created. "Our citizens deserve a great medical center, and Ochsner has built one."

Robert and his late wife, Jewell, have made generous gifts to Ochsner, including a charitable remainder trust that exceeds $1 million. A first-floor hallway honors Jewell Parkerson Lowe. "My gifts to Ochsner have been some of the best investments I've ever made, and I encourage others to follow my example," Robert says. The trust he established has helped Ochsner advance the high standards of medical treatment to benefit countless Louisiana families.

"Being a person who started his own business, I like success stories. Early on I saw what Ochsner was doing and wanted to be part of it," says Robert, who is still active in real estate development. He has celebrated what he calls the "39th anniversary of my 50th birthday."

Born near Alexandria, Robert built Central Industries into a successful tri-state oil field construction company. He and Jewell also developed pioneering community organizations for persons with disabilities.

Robert Lowe is a valuable community leader whom Ochsner is proud to call a donor and a friend.