In Memory: Lowell Eugene Jenkins

January 17, 2017

Lowell Eugene Jenkins

The CSU School of Social Work community mourns the loss of Lowell Eugene Jenkins, former Director of Field Education and social work professor during a 25-year career (1975-2000) at Colorado State University, who passed away this past December following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Lowell began a career in sales with Quaker Oats, but shifted course due to his deep desire to make a difference in the lives of others. He obtained an M.S.W. from the University of Kansas in 1963, working and teaching at the University of Kansas before being recruited by Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

At Colorado State University, his drive to help others made Jenkins a beloved School of Social Work professor. He also co-authored a pioneering book on building high quality field education programs in schools of social work. In addition to teaching, Lowell had an active private counseling practice for many years.

"Through his dedication, the School of Social Work developed a national and international reputation for field education, taking internships to a high educational level at CSU," said Brad Sheafor, professor emeritus in the School of Social Work and Jenkins' former longtime colleague.

Lowell was proud to be a social worker and was active in various Fort Collins initiatives over the years including foster care and hospice care. He was active with the National Association of Social Workers, and did extensive volunteer work in Russia when it was opening up to international engagement in the early 1990s.

When Jenkins retired he moved to Toronto, where he quickly connected with the local Group Workers network, holding "Social Work and Spirituality" workshops and volunteering at a large rehabilitation hospital. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, Jenkins led a support group for men in the early stages of dementia.

Inspired by Jenkins' passion for Social Work education and his dedication to student success, longtime friends Carl and Karen Spina established the Lowell Eugene Jenkins Scholarship Endowment in Social Work in 2015 to honor their dear friend. The scholarship benefits undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Social Work.

A memorial service open to all is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, at 4 p.m. in the Longs Peak Room in the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Lowell Eugene Jenkins Scholarship in Social Work. Gifts may be mailed to Colorado State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins CO 80522, with "Lowell Jenkins Scholarship" in the memo line, or online at

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