Christopher Richard Lowell
1942 - 2020
The Springs Funeral Services ~ NORTH
6575 Oakwood Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO
October 11, 1942 July 14, 2020
Christopher Richard Lowell, beloved husband, daddy, step-dad, teacher, student, historian, mentor, adviser, friend, linguist, drummer, chef, Francophile, ham, mensch, actor, director, and international performer took his final bow on Bastille Day, July 14, 2020.
Born October 11, 1942 in New York City to parents Richard and Norma, he studied French and theatre, earning degrees from Dickinson College and Colgate University. Lifelong scholar, teacher, and actor, Chris mentored countless students and actors.
In his last fifteen years, he brought the life, philosophy, wit, and accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin to audiences across the United States and France. Chris' interwoven passions for France, theatre, history, and language arose from a deep affection, a fascination, for people. While his passions drove him to pursue excellence in every undertaking, his deeply humanist side was what made him a generous actor-director, careful and insightful historian, and beloved teacher and mentor, well beyond the collective forty-two years he spent on faculty at Cazenovia High School (Cazenovia, NY), Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia, PA), Fountain Valley School of Colorado (Colorado Springs, CO), Lycee Amiral Ronac'h (Brest, France), Williston Northampton (Easthampton, MA), and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO).
He will be remembered for his quick wit, easy laugh, embrace of all things cultural, the quality of his relationships, and the intense personal presence he devoted to everyone, years after professional responsibility dictated. For those in his life, he forever offered his heart and house. Chris' family will treasure the boundless love, inspiration, encouragement, support, and culinary delights he provided.
He will be greatly missed by all, especially by his surviving wife, Sue; his kids, Laura, Barbi, and Jennifer; his step-kids, Burton and Clara; and his nine grandkids.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when an in-person gathering can offer more joy than risk.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Chris' memory may be made to the UCCS Theatreworks, Fountain Valley School of Colorado, or Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation.

Published by The Gazette on Jul. 19, 2020.
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Mr. Lowell was one of my teachers at CHA in the mid 1070s. Not cool - just real. Set an example for being yourself and living life to the fullest. I think about him more than almost any teacher I had in HS.
Edward Claghorn
July 24, 2020
Chris mastered the character of Ben Franklin. I had the pleasure of performing as John Jay at the reenactment of the signing of the Treaty of Paris and we stayed in character all evening as Franklin and Jay. It was fun on another level. I had the double pleasure of calling him and asking Dr. Franklin for advice. Chris' professionalism and mastering of the character of Franklin was remarkable. Without having worked together before, he and I worked together like a good second base and shortstop combination. In a sense I could "throw him the ball" about some topic pertaining to Franklin and Jay and he would catch it. His sense of humor made him fun to be around. The highest compliment I have received came from Chris/ Ben Franklin when he called me the perfect John Jay. I return the favor and call him the perfect Ben Franklin. We miss him. I hope a book comes out about his insights into Franklin. My prayers go out to his family.
Phil Webster
July 24, 2020
chris was a great guy! always funny and quick to share a laugh-we spoke often about his passion for ben franklin as well as for france! i will miss him dearly.
peter Lasser gray
July 21, 2020
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