Chris Highlen: Schouweiler Planetarium Technician

Chris Highlen, my longtime personal friend and Schouweiler Planetarium colleague died on Thursday, October 16th.  Many years before I asked Chris to join me as Technician for the Schouweiler, Chris was an active member of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society and other Non-Profit Science and Technology educational organizations.

The University and its Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium has joined with the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society and TekVenture to celebrate Chris’ life on this Sunday, November 16, 2014, at our planetarium campus facilities in the Achatz Hall of Science.

For those wishing to experience a sample of Chris’ work with our planetarium “A Canticle Experience,” will be offered twice prior to the 4 PM Celebration. “A Canticle Experience” is a planetarium production normally used only for the University’s campus educational and inspirational programs.

3:15 PM: “A Canticle Experience” – Planetarium


3:30 PM: “A Canticle Experience” – Planetarium

4:00 PM: A Celebration of the Life of Chris Highlen — Gunderson Auditorium

Memorial Tributes to honor Chris may be made to one or more of the organizations that Chris gave his life to:

  • The Fort Wayne Astronomical Society
  • TekVenture
  • Restricted Fund of the Schouweiler Planetarium, University of Saint Francis
  • Scholarship Fund of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA)

Please join me in giving prayers of thanks for this man who touched us all personally and who made such a difference for non-profit science and technical educational efforts in Fort Wayne.

Alan V. Pareis
Director, E.C. Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium
University of Saint Francis