WeHo Resident and Preservation Activist Lyndia Lowy Dies at Age 69

Lyndia Lowy (second from left) with WHPA colleagues Victor Omelczenko, Amanda Bleich and Lisa Koers. (Photo courtesy of Victor Omelczenko)


Lowy, 69, graduated from Fairfax High School, the University of California at Berkeley (B.A), and George Washington University (M.A.) She was involved in a number of cultural affairs and historic preservation issues, serving for a long time as docent at the historic Gamble House in Pasadena and as WHPA’s board secretary. Lowy sang with the Hollywood Master Chorale, was a member of the City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board and served as B’nai B’rith Western regional coordinator.

Lyndia Lowy (Facebook)

Lowy’s death was announced today by Victor Omelczenko, WHPA’s board president. In his announcement, Omelczenko called out Lowy’s work to preserve Plummer Park’s Great Hall / Long Hall and the trees around it.

“My Mother used to wheel me in a stroller through that park and into those historic buildings!” Lowy said in speaking up for preservation of the buildings

One of the last preservation events Lowy attended was a celebration of historic Route 66 on Aug. 3 in Santa Monica. The photo above shows Lowy (second from left) with WHPA colleagues Victor Omelczenko, Amanda Bleich and Lisa Koers.

Her survivors include son Matthew and daughter Stephanie and Diane, several grandchildren and brother Arthur Rubinstein. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

  1. Lyndia served as a very able docent at The Gamble House in Pasadena. We have missed her and we were so sorry to hear that she’d passed away. Thank you for those years of service, Lyndia, and for your efforts in West Hollywood, too, which can be a tough row to hoe in preservation!

  2. So sorry to hear of Lyndia’s passing. She and I were roommates at UCLA in the late 60’s. She was a great girl.
    Sincere sympathy to her family. 🌷

  3. If you look up the words, Joie de vivre you shall see a picture of Lyndia Lowy. One of the most positive people I have ever met. She lived life to the fullest and faced her diagnosis with amazing dignity and determination. I loved hearing her stories about growing up in west hollywood and quite frankly just about all of her stories….she was quite entertaining. She was a staunch supporter of Protect Plummer Park from day one and never gave up the fight to save her neighborhood park. Her laughter, knowledge and presence are already missed.

  4. I miss you already, dear Lyndia. You had the most positive attitude in the world. You were an integral part of Protect Plummer Park from the night you showed up and spoke out to help save the historic neighborhood park of your youth. Thank you for all you did for the community and of course, for the latkes! Fare thee well and may you Rest In Peace.

  5. It is so very sad Lyndia had to leave us. Just a year ago, she seemed to be on the mend and, like many times before, we attended our friend Harald’s traditional New Year’s Eve party in 2017.
    We also belonged to a classic book group at one time, Lyndia being very well read and always making meaningful contributions.
    She was a wonderful human being and I will miss her very much.

  6. Sharon Miret 1/2/19
    Lovely Lyndia,
    You have left a permanent place in our hearts and minds.Your Hanukkah Latke parties were second to none.( Listen up Martha Stewart). Everyone was put on a scale and no one weighed less than 500 lbs before they left, however it was also a musical scale and the full senses of sound, sight, smell, and joy filled the air. You were also a walking e-n-c-y-c-l-o-p-e-d-i-a as was sung on the Mickey Mouse Club. According to even your daughter, you soaked up knowledge like a sponge and loved to continue to drink from the well of knowledge. From Bancroft Jr. High to the present,
    Your time went too fast, but the lovely memories will last.
    Nothing will erase and nothing will replace you, dear Lyndia.

  7. I first met Lyndia when the car wash on Santa Monica Blvd near Curson was going to rent their lot after hours that was going to impact the residents on Norton in back of it and we worked together to fight it. We became friends and enjoyed spending holidays at her home she loved and was committed to Eastside issues. As a life-long eastsider, Lyndia also became involved in and served on our Redevelopment Project Committee. She was never afraid to speak her mind on what she believed in whether it was popular or not. It’s so sad she went through so much over the past couple of years dealing with her health, she left her family and friends much too young. My deepest condolences to her family and Lyndia will be missed.

  8. Lyndia was especially helpful when I first began writing local history articles for WEHOville.com. She was a tremendous resource, full of patience & kindness.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. We served on the City’s redevelopment agency for years together & while we often times disagreed, there were always respectful conversations. We spent many a Friday night bringing in shabbat together or celebrating the high holy days at Congregation Kol Ami as well.
    Lyndia, I believe, was born and raised in West Hollywood, ultimately buying the home next to her childhood home on the Eastside where her brother still lived until they sold their properties a number of years ago.
    She was a wonderful artist in her vocal work and her passion for historic preservation. May her memory be a blessing.

  10. Reat in Peace Lyndia – a wonderful lady and friend who was passionate about West Hollywood. She hosted many for her holiday parties and we shared many nice times planting in her garden when she had her home on Spaulding. A meticulous cook and loving mom and friend. She lost her battle but man did she put up a fight! God Bless.

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