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Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

thumbnail Paul Pro Photo 1Paul Schuster, 59, passed away peacefully in his sleep during the night of October 31st in his home in Westminster, Colorado. Paul was born in Camden, NJ on September 8th, 1963. He lived a robust and adventurous life in his 59 years on this planet.

After receiving his degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, Paul worked for the US Geological Survey as a hydrologist for 36 years and had recently retired in December, 2019. His work took him to many amazing places like the Grand Canyon, the Wind River Range, WY, the Florida Everglades, many years on the Yukon River in Alaska, China, Greenland, France, the list goes on! His research was influential in creating change for the better. His publications have been often cited and will live on far beyond his life. Paul was also a fierce advocate for the planet and had been sounding the alarm on the devastating effects of climate change for decades.

His adventures continued outside of work as well. He spent many days and nights on the trails and rivers of Colorado and Utah. Paul was part of an adventurous fraternal group known as the Nordic Warriors who conquered mountains and paddled many miles on the Green River in Utah together. His adventurous endeavors also included a life dedicated to great food. Paul was an accomplished cook who was never afraid to try something new. His food was often sourced from his incredible garden where he grew tomatoes, basil, peppers, corn, spices, and so much more. He gained much of his knowledge from his preceding family members and passed these recipes to his children and grandchildren as well.

Paul loved the outdoors, he loved his family, and he loved good company. Paul saw the goodness in everyone and always just wanted to talk. Paul had friends all across the globe and really loved his time with the indigenous friends he worked with out of Alaska. Friendships meant the world to Paul and we are all so glad to have him in our lives.

Paul leaves behind a large group of loving family members including his parents, Betty and Fred Schuster, his brothers Mark and Dave Schuster, his son, Nick Schuster, his daughter, Amanda Ault, three nieces, Samantha, Erin, and Katey Schuster, and his grandchildren, Declan and McKenna Schuster. He inspired and shaped so many people in his life and even though his family is left with an enormous void, they are so lucky to have had him in their lives.

A celebration for Paul will be held at the West View Recreation Center at 10747 W 108th Ave Broomfield, CO 80021 on December 3rd from 1pm-4pm. Please come and fulfill Paul’s wishes by celebrating his life along with our own. Please RSVP to 303-898-6502 if you can make it!

In lieu of flowers, please donate that money to the following charities that Paul supported in recent years:

https://www.smiletrain.org/ https://www.operationsmile.org/

We hope that you are sailing among the stars and discovering the mysteries of the universe, Paul. Rest in peace and exploration.

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