Mrs. Alexander Lowy
Dora Landberg was born in Austria January 3, 1886 and immigrated to the United States with her family around the turn of the century. She was educated in this country and graduated with a normal degree and teaching certificate. As we all know she was very proud of her Eastern European heritage and when interviewing a prospective fiancée of one of her grandsons she would always ask “and where are your people from?” Dora married our grandfather on December 23, 1915 on a cold and wet day in New York City. And so our legacy begins. They moved to Pittsburgh after Grandpa Lowy accepted a teaching position in the Chemistry Department of the University of Pittsburgh in 1918.
Nana Lowy in their married partnership, ran the house, collected the monies, raised our mothers and father, and fed large numbers of students and visiting professors that grandpa would bring home unannounced. She did this so that her husband could do what he did best, instruct and teach, invent and author, and mentor the next generations of chemist, teachers and Doctors of Medicine. Managing a household in the 1930’s was no easy task and even with a home on Normaly Place, there were at times, budget constraints. Remember in the depression years, a full professor made about the same income as a sanitation worker. Grandpa worked summers in the lab of a bottling plant on the North Side, and Nana would sometime take two streetcars, just to pick up his pay checks. The streets were not paved in Gold, but Nana had a way with money (GELT).She would buy odd lots of common, not preferred stock and let’s just say she became an institution unto her own. She also dabbled in real estate so if they build it, it will be occupied. She loved opera, fiction and non-fiction and especially the Wall Street Journal. In her later years she became a world traveler and brought small gifts from places like Ceylon of which I have a bamboo box with an ivory elephant on the inside. She gave us her counsel; she nurtured our passions and even in her own way respected our individuality. We Love You Nana!
(From the 5/4/12 Dedication Ceremony speech given by grandson Alex Hersh)