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Friday, December 1, 2000

Broadcaster Loew
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By Harold Morse

Robert Loew, 54, who died Nov. 22 in a California traffic accident and was widely known in broadcasting circles here, will be remembered in a Celebration of Life at 5 p.m. Sunday at Oahu Country Club.

A close friend, Dr. Lisa Valentina Bird, was killed with him. Mainland services for her are pending. Both victims died at the scene.

Loew, born in Los Angeles and a Hawaii resident for nearly 30 years, most recently lived in the Las Vegas area. A University of California-Berkeley engineering graduate, he also earned an MBA at Stanford. After coming to Hawaii, he joined Bob Berger at KHVH Radio in the late 1970s. As Berger acquisitions grew, Loew was involved in planning and senior management of broadcast facilities in American Samoa, Guam and Saipan, where he supervised construction of a super-station that beamed broadcasts to Japan.

Loew left the Berger organization to acquire KDEO in Waipahu and add additional stations to Loew Broadcasting, which was recently sold. KDEO-FM 102 was known for its listener-driven, all-request format.

Loew was treasurer for several years of the Hawaii Association of Broadcasters and treasurer of the United Jewish Fund of Hawaii. Other civic involvement included: board member of the West Pearl Harbor Rotary Club, past president and longtime director of the Waipahu Business Association, and president of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association of Hawaii. He held a Paul Harris international fellowship with Rotary for giving additional funds for Rotary scholarships. More recently, he was the incoming president of the Las Vegas South Sunset Rotary.

Hawaiian entertainer Jeff Apaka, who attended Beverly Hills High School with Loew, sings his praises: "There were a lot of famous names at our school, but Bob seemed to take little notice. When we were in school, he was a doer, and that translated very well when we continued our friendship in Hawaii. Whenever we had a fund-raising event for the Waikiki Community Center, Bob was one of the first to contribute and help organize the event. He was quietly big-hearted."

Broadcast personality Don Robbs likewise has good words: "During the 10-plus years I worked with Bob, I found him to be a visionary, always open to new ideas and, above all, a man with high integrity."

Saxon Nishioka of the Waipahu Business Association and Rotary said even though Loew was living in Las Vegas, he kept in touch with Waipahu friends and offered to help with Waipahu civic projects.

Loew is survived by sons Adam and Stephen, daughter Rebecca, brother David, sisters Linda Trovinger and Cathy Weiner, and father Marcus.

Services were held earlier in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers for the Sunday Celebration of Life here, the family says contributions may be made to: Ethel S. Loew Memorial Fund, Cedars Sinai Hospital, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Room 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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