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Lowell T. Underhill

B.S. Forestry, 1956

Lowell T. Underhill joined The Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company after graduating from Penn State with a B.S. degree in forestry in 1956. He worked in Fredericksburg, Virginia, before entering the U.S. Army and serving in Korea. After being discharged in 1958, he returned to Glatfelter and worked in Seaford, Delaware, where he was responsible for timber management on the Delmarva Peninsula.

In 1960, Underhill joined E.I. duPont de Nemours and Company. During his 36-year career with DuPont, he held staff, supervisory, and management positions in manufacturing, process control, and human resources with assignments in Seaford and Wilmington, Delaware, and Martinsville, Virginia. When he retired in 1996, he was DuPont’s Principal Consultant – Compensation.

After retirement, Underhill obtained certification in professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography. He is active in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where he serves on various committees and a weekly work crew of retirees who perform a variety of maintenance tasks. Underhill is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Nature Society and a member of both the Personnel and the Land and Biodiversity Management committees of the society.

Lowell and his wife, Lois, reside in Wilmington, Delaware. His interest in Penn State, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the School of Forest Resources was rekindled during the 1980s and 1990s when four of their five children graduated from Penn State. Underhill served as an elected director of the School of Forest Resources Alumni Group board of directors, and as president, 2003-2005. As president, he was co-chairman of the Centennial Planning Committee during its formative stage. He is a former associate director and a current elected director of the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society (CAAS). He serves as chairman of the CAAS Recognition Committee, which administers the awards given to students, faculty, and alumni by CAAS. He also supports CAAS activities at Ag Progress Days, the Ag Live tailgate, and brunches for graduating students.

Lowell and Lois are members of the President’s Club and life members of the Penn State Alumni Association. They made a significant contribution to the School of Forest Resources building fund and named the Underhill Faculty Office in memory of their parents. Recently, they endowed a Trustee Scholarship to benefit undergraduates enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have financial need.

April 2008