USBC Hall of Fame member Lowell Rothschild dies at age 90

ARLINGTON, Texas – Lowell Rothschild of Tucson, Arizona, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame member who served as the American Bowling Congress president during the 1977-1978 season, died Friday. He was 90.

Rothschild’s volunteer work in bowling started in 1958 when he worked the Tucson Bowling Association tournament registration desk. He would become a director of the association a year later and would serve as association president from 1962-1964.

He also became involved in the state organization, serving as the Arizona Bowling Association president in 1962-1963. During his time, he pushed to create the Arizona Bowling Hall of Fame.

He joined ABC as a director in 1963 and used his skills as an attorney to serve on the rules, legal and legislative committees. His election as an ABC director also led him to participate in the Open Championships, where he made his debut at the 1963 event in Buffalo, New York. He reached the 50-year participation mark in 2013.

“I was so well-received by the ABC and immediately got active in a few different committees,” Rothschild said during his 50th appearance. “I just thought it was a privilege to be involved in the growth of a national sport, and part of that meant supporting and participating in the tournament.”

Rothschild served on several committees, including industry relations, international competition, nominating and ABC Tournament site selection, during his time as a director. When he became president of ABC, he created the Education Committee designed to focus on ABC’s need to educate and train association volunteers.

Following his term as president, he continued to serve as a committee member, including the Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, nominating, advisory, rulebook and international activities committees. He helped raise more than $1 million for the Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, and his fundraising experience led to his appointment as chairman of the United States Tenpin Bowling Federation fundraising committee in 1992.

He was elected to the USBC Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service in 2009.

Rothschild earned his law degree from the University of Arizona law school in 1952. He was a founding partner of the Mesch Clark Rothschild law firm, and focused on bankruptcy, business reorganization, and estate planning. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the University of Arizona in 2017.

Rothschild is survived by his children, Jonathan and Jennifer Rothschild, and his grandchildren Isaac, Nathan, and Molly Rose Rothschild and Alex Izbiky. His wife of 62 years, Anne, passed away in 2016.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Temple Emanu-El located at 225 N. Country Club Road in Tucson.