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/
Thank you for honoring Charlie.
NPSOT Houston Chapter NPSOT Houston Chapter
Charles M. Lundquist
Coastal Prairie Chapter TMN Prairie Chapter TMN
Your donation is fully tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law. You will receive an email receipt for your tax-deductible contributions. NPAT is a 501(c)(3) organization.