In Memory of Charlie Lundquist

We are sad to announce that NPAT member and volunteer Charles Lundquist of Friendswood passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020. To honor his memory, the family requested donations toward a project at Lawther-Deer Park Prairie. We thought a boardwalk would be very appropriate. It will allow people of all ages and physical abilities access into the prairie. We believe that’s one of the best ways to experience a prairie, and think that would have made Charlie very happy.

Help build a boardwalk into the prairie in honor of Charlie’s memory.

Charlie Lundquist spent countless hours in the Deer Park Prairie helping to restore this remnant of ecological history.  While he was a respected Friendswood resident and NASA engineer who dedicated his career to propelling humans into space, his real passion in life was observing the natural world and striving to understand the complexities that come with its beauty. He felt it was a great misfortune that, through our modern-day actions, the unique and exceptional flora and fauna that have evolved over eons are being wiped out.  

This feeling spurred Charlie to action and Lawther-Deer Park Prairie became that outlet.  By working to restore this untouched flashback to a bygone era, he hoped to preserve it for our future generations.  

While Charlie worked at Deer Park Prairie, always the eternal student, he used the learning opportunities there to establish a pocket prairie in his backyard.  This 1.5 acre lot became his “testing ground”, an ecological experiment of sorts, and it was his pride and joy.       

This boardwalk will allow easier access for the public to view and appreciate the more than 380 species of native plants, and the unique host of insects, animals and birds these plants support.  Both are benefits that Charlie would have felt are tremendously important.  He would be honored that this boardwalk is dedicated in his name.  

Longtime volunteer and NPAT officer Lan Shen created this tribute to Charlie and his work at Deer Park Prairie: https://houstonprairie.org/2020/05/22/charlie-lundquist/


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Thank you for honoring Charlie.

Glenn Merkord

May 26, 2020

Angela Prince

May 26, 2020

Charlie had a positive impact on so many lives. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of… Read more

Charlie had a positive impact on so many lives. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss. – CX/NBL NASA Team

Angela Prince

May 26, 2020

The boardwalk is a great way to honor Charlie's legacy and enable it to continue into the future.

Elizabeth Fleming

May 26, 2020

From Charlie's friends at NASA.

Dianne Milner

May 26, 2020

I am honored to have known and worked with Charlie at NASA. Dianne Milner

Laura Hart

May 26, 2020

Prayers for Charlie's family – May the boardwalk bring peace to his family and blessings to all who visit the Prairie.

Linda Loerch

May 25, 2020

Charlie was a great leader and role model, leaving us far too soon. May his memory live on via this Memorial Boardwalk.

Howard Hu

May 25, 2020

Charlie was an inspiration to us all in Orion. His work ethic and passion for the human spaceflight and NASA was evident everyday. I… Read more

Charlie was an inspiration to us all in Orion. His work ethic and passion for the human spaceflight and NASA was evident everyday. I look forward to walking the boardwalk and remember his many contributions.

Brenda Ward

May 24, 2020

Bethany and Michael Harper

May 24, 2020

I will miss my cousin Charlie. He was inspiring to be around. I loved having Charlie and Lisa come and talk to all my students about… Read more

I will miss my cousin Charlie. He was inspiring to be around. I loved having Charlie and Lisa come and talk to all my students about becoming rocket scientist! He touched so many of my students and inspired them to believe they could do great things. He was a great guy and will be missed.

Barbara Zelon

May 24, 2020

What a wonderful tribute to Charlie.

Whitney Carow

May 24, 2020

Charlie was a true friend, inspiration, and mentor to us both. He brought so much hope, laughter, and knowledge to those around him. We will… Read more

Charlie was a true friend, inspiration, and mentor to us both. He brought so much hope, laughter, and knowledge to those around him. We will miss the dinner conversations, fishing adventures, fresh fruit from his orchard, and so much more. Our hearts go out to the entire Lundquist family. Much love, The Carows


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