Louis (Lou) O. In 1992, Withrow created a local Sky war n train- Withro w ing session for ham radio operators, local media, and 1936-199 5 emergency management officials. The Skywarn ses- sion has become quite popular over the last couple of years, with hundreds attending. The 1996 meeting, Loui s (Lou) O. scheduled for March, will be dedicated to Withrow's Withrow, recently re- memory. tired meteorologist-in- On a personal note, Lou was not only a profes- charge of the Austin, sional, but he was a gentleman and a friend. He en- Texas, National Wea- joyed life to its fullest and there were many times that ther Service (NWS) of- media members could be seen in his office seeking fice, died on 12 De- advice. Local media members and Austin NWS staff- cember 1995. ers will not soon forget the fried chicken brown-bag A farm in Peach Or- lunches that we had regularly at the local office in chard, Missouri, was Withrow's birthplace in 1936. order to maintain contact and to stay up on modern- He attended several schools in the U.S. Air Force and ization efforts. South Texas NWS Area Manager Al graduated in 1979 with a B.A. from Upper Iowa Uni- Dreumont put it well in his news release of Lou's versity. death as he said that "Lou was a devoted public ser- Withrow retired from the NWS in March 1995 af- vant. He was just starting a much deserved retirement ter a 40-year career in predicting the weather. He be- when he died. He will be missed." gan his career in 1955 as an observer/forecaster with the U.S. Air Force in Korea and at several stateside Withrow is survived by his wife, Dee, of Austin; bases, including Connally Air Force Base in Waco, three sons, Dante and Terry of Austin, and Brett of Texas, where he met his wife, Dee. His first Weather Indiana; one daughter, Sherie Esser of Austin; and one Bureau assignment was at Anchorage, Alaska, with granddaughter. —Troy Kimmel. • later assignments at Wallops Island, Virginia (work- ing with rocketsondes); Kansas City, Missouri (Cen- tral Region Headquarters); and Evansville, Indiana, which is where he earned his meteorologist rating. ji/i^mxmam, Withrow then spent two years at the NWS in Beau- mont/Port Arthur, Texas, before his promotion to meteorologist-in-charge of the Austin office in De- cember 1989. Withrow's work over the last five years, as the supervisor of the Austin Weather Service of- fice, was instrumental in modernization efforts of the NWS. As the new Austin/San Antonio NWS office in New Braunfels, Texas, was being established, SfLcJwd^. 0lwrwieA Withrow worked closely with the media, local and 1922-1995 1935-1995 statewide emergency management, ham radio opera- tors, and the general public to ensure a smooth tran- sition as the local office began spindown of opera- ytiwcAaA tions. 1929-1995 Withrow was a current member of the Central Texas chapter of the AMS. 36 8 Vol. 77, No. 2, February 1 99 6
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Feb 1, 1996
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