Bethel Loses Friend, Vera Low


Vera Low gets a hug from a student at the ribbon cutting for Bethel University’s Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. Photo courtesy of The McKenzie Banner


Bethel University announced today that one of its most beloved friends, Dr. Vera Low, has died after an extended illness.

     Low, of Springfield, Mo., along with her family, was a long-time supporter of Bethel University, having contributed significant funds toward the Ray and Linda Morris Science Building and to the school’s capital campaign efforts. Her son, Dr. Robert Low, and his family gave a substantial gift to Bethel to build a new student enrichment center in her honor. Phase I of the facility, which was named the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment, opened in August 2011 and boasted a new and spacious cafeteria, a student activities room, student life and enrollment services offices and a bookstore. Phase II of the Vera Low Center project: a new gymnasium, has just been completed and ground has recently been broken on phase III of the student center project, which will be a 900-seat chapel.

     Low, a long-time Cumberland Presbyterian, delighted in seeing students in their environment at Bethel. At the ribbon cutting for the Vera Low Center, Mike Parker, Vice President for University Development said, “Today we see this beautiful new building. What Ms. Vera sees is a building that provides opportunities for our students. This building is going to provide a place where students’ bodies will be nourished. But more importantly, it’s providing a place for fellowship that will feed their souls.”

     Low, who co-founded, Prime, Inc., one of North America’s most successful carrier companies, was the daughter and granddaughter of Cumberland Presbyterian ministers. She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bethel, and she had also served on the Bethel University Board of Trustees and as an honorary co-chair for the Bethel University Capital Campaign.

     According to a respected trade publication, Prime, Inc., is one of the five best-run trucking companies in the United States.

    “Words can’t express how much we are going to miss this very special friend to Bethel,” said President Bob Prosser. “Personally, she was a mentor to me, and I am so appreciative of the many words of wisdom she has provided to me through the years. We are so grateful to Ms. Vera and to the Low family for their commitment to Bethel University, and we are very happy that her legacy will continue with each student who uses the Vera Low Center.”

     Funeral arrangements for Low are incomplete at this time.