A Tribute to Billy Booth Lowrey, PE 2617

The engineers and staff of Batson Inc. celebrate the life of Billy Booth Lowrey, PE, #2617, who passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 after 58 years as an engineer in the U.S. Navy and civilian sector. He is missed but never forgotten.


He was a 1960 graduate of the University of Mississippi with

a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and served in the U.S. Navy as

an officer for four years before his honorable discharge as a

1st Lieutenant. He continued his engineering work in Arkansas,

earning a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the

University of Arkansas and contributing his expertise to the

work of Blaylock, Threet & Associates, ICE, and Batson Inc.


Billy Booth Lowrey was an accomplished military officer and

engineer, but the engineers who knew him emphasize his

patience, passion, dignity, and determination. He was a devout

mentor, and the young engineers under his tutelage fondly

remember him as “professor.”


He had a fondness for Hawaiian shirts and an appreciation for

long, low station wagons. He stressed the importance of

recognizing mental models and dialogues and that

fundamentals and logic are the first steps. He believed that

humor has its place, that puzzles are physics and vice versa,

and that Mississippi has charm.


There were ice cream sandwiches at solar solstice (with a little luck, equinox, as well),  along with fresh figs and pecan pies. He loved his family deeply and displayed the highest standards of ethics through his own example.

Bill will forever be remembered within our walls and in our hearts at Batson Inc.