Northern Arizona University (NAU) is awarding W. Lowell Putnam an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Putnam will also give the commencement address to the Business & Health and Human Services graduates. Putnam is the great-grandnephew of Percival Lowell, who founded Lowell Observatory in 1894. He is currently serving as the observatory’s 5th Sole Trustee, having succeeded his father, Bill, in 2013.
Putnam is a retired businessman. In 1984, he founded Video Communications, Inc. (VCI), a software company specializing in business systems for television networks, cable channels and local television stations. Clients included The Weather Channel, Comcast, Univision, and about 25% of the television stations in the United States and Canada. Putnam sold the company in 2010 and became the Trust Administrator for Lowell Observatory.
He is a general partner in Faraway Investments, a former trustee of the Springfield (MA) Nursery and a former director of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. He currently serves as a director of PeopleHedge Corp. and one of seven members of the Board of Trustees of the Lowell Observatory Foundation.
Putnam and his spouse, Kimberly, have two children and they oversee a 70-year old family-founded scholarship fund. He holds a B.S. in Psychology ...