Date of Birth: April 15, 1955
Date of Death: February 28, 2019
Paul Lowes grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and attended Coronado High School and Arizona State University. He was a backpacker, environmentalist, activist, hitchhiker, teacher, writer, and a curious observer of life and nature. He was instrumental in writing proposals to expand and protect wilderness areas in Arizona. He earned his Bachelor’s in History Education and his Master’s in Foreign Policy. He started his teaching career in 1992, and after 26 years of service as a history teacher and three years as the president of Phoenix Teachers Association. He was a recipient of the 1992 Silver Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership and finalist for NEA 2015 Activist of the Year. Before retiring due to pancreatic cancer, he established the Paul Lowes Pathmaker Scholarship. During this illness, he was able to publish a book reflecting forty years of poetry, entitled “Glass Fractured by Heaven” - adding poet to his list of accomplishments. He had a great sense of humor and was a pal to all he met. Two days before his death, he married the love of his life, Gina Aroneo in their beautiful garden. At the time of his peaceful passing, he was surrounded by the love of friends and family in his home. He is survived by his wife, Gina Aroneo; son, Walker Lowes; daughter, Robin Lowes; sisters, Kitty Rice and Joy Patterson; brother, Russell Lowes; and step-children, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces.
Celebration of Life: Paul Lowes’ legacy will be honored on Saturday, March 9th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at North High School - 1101 East Thomas Road, Phoenix 85014. You may help keep Paul's legacy alive by donating to the Paul Lowes Pathmaker Scholarship at https://foundation4education.z2systems.com/np/clients/foundation4education/donation.jsp?campaign=52
Paul Lowes was a dynamic activist starting in his high school years as one of the founders of the first Arizona group to promote wilderness areas. His 1978 six-week solo trip to map wilderness boundaries, helped expand the Superstition Mountains under the Wilderness Act of 1984. The areas included Haunted Canyon, Reavis Ranch, and more. In addition, Paul was active from 1976-1981, in preventing the construction of Orme Dam. He wrote a 20-page report on the proposed dam, demonstrating the potential devastating impact on the Salt and Verde Rivers and sacred Native ground. Through the Audubon and Forest Service, he was Arizona’s first Eagle Watch guardian near Bartlett Lake in 1978. Paul co-authored a book entitled Energy Options for the Southwest, Part 1, Nuclear and Coal Power, which was released in 1979. This book was used in campaigns to help cancel future nuclear plant developments in Arizona and around the country.