Lowell S. Hawley, screenwriter best known for his work on Disney’s “The Swiss Family Robinson” (1960), died May 6 in Los Angeles of natural causes related to aging. He was 94.
Other credits of the longtime Disney stalwart include “The Sign of Zorro” (1960), “Babes in Toyland” (1961), “In Search of the Castaways” (1962), “The One and Only, Genuine Family Band” (1968) and others. He was also story editor of the “Zorro” TV series and wrote many of the shows. In addition, he wrote for TV’s “My Friend Flicka” and “The Loretta Young Show.”
Lynden, Wash., native first wrote for a radio station in Bellingham and then moved to Los Angeles in 1942 to spend a decade writing for radio KFI and its program “Art Baker’s Notebook.” His first novel, “A Few Buttons Missing: The Case Book of a Psychiatrist” was on the N.Y. Times bestseller list and was followed with 1953’s “Counsel for the Damned” (co-authored with Ralph Bushnell Potts).
He retired shortly after Disney’s death in 1966 and took up hobbies from his past, namely painting and sculpting, while caring for wife Avis and their children.
He is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Donations are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation; (323) 954-5760 ext. 235.