Dr. Lowell Somers, 76, passed away late Wednesday night, October 1, 2014, at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Lowell was born in Los Angeles, California, son to the late Charles E. Somers and Vivian Laurel Van Wig. He honorably served in the United States Navy, serving as a Dental Technician which sparked his love of medicine. A high school dropout, he returned to school earning his MD degree. Lowell had a passion for Family Medicine, serving in rural areas and volunteering thousands of hours working for medically underserved patients. He held multiple drug patents and was a published author. He did early work with concussions and head injuries documenting the damage with PET scans. Lowell tried to retire to San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico and soon realized there was no real medical care available, so he and his wife built the only hospital in the area. Lowell said he was tired of watching people die because of the lack of medical services. Poor health forced him to return to the U.S. several years ago, where he settled in Pittsboro, NC.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Thorsen; his daughters, Yvette Brandie and her husband, Scott Brown of Weed, California, Dr. Sherrie Lynn Somers, of Denver, Colorado, and Caroline Dacrie and her husband, Scott Nourse of Falls Church, Virginia; his stepson, Erik Thorsen and his wife, Rebecca of Long Beach, California; his stepdaughter, Jennifer Jackson and her husband Jonathan, of Cary, North Carolina; his brother, David Lynn Somers of Joshua Tree, California; along with eleven grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Lowell was preceded in death by his son, Charles Ellsworth Somers II.
A service to honor the memory of Lowell’s life will be conducted 11:00AM, Monday, October 6th, 2014 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 269 Manns Chapel Road, Pittsboro, North Carolina, by Pastor Jim Jones. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the committal service.
Donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant UMC to aid in the construction of the handicap ramp. He was a man of faith and loved his little church and his church family. He was grateful for the new ramp which made it easier for him to worship his Lord.