In Memory of Edwin Hightower
Edwin Eugene “Ed” Hightower, FSA 1978, MAAA 1975, died November 18, 2016 in San Antonio, TX, at the age of 78. Cherished husband, father, grandfather, uncle, role model, and teacher, Ed maintained his gentle and sunny disposition throughout his long battle with Alzheimer's disease. His family and friends will long remember his patience, intelligence, myriad talents, unique sense of humor, and true decency in a time when the latter is rare, but most of all, his steadfast love.
Ed was born September 17, 1938, in Morrilton, Arkansas, and soon moved with his family to Weslaco, Texas. He played clarinet in the marching band and competed in track and field, later returning for many high school reunions. Ed followed his brother Joe to Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas, where he met the love of his life, Shirley Ann Richardson. They married January 30, 1960, and Ed graduated that spring. Ed continued his studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a master's degree in political science before turning his keen intellect to actuarial science. Ed found his work in UT's International Office particularly meaningful and cherished memories of his travels on UT's behalf to Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon.
Ed began his actuarial career in Dallas in 1966. In 1969 he joined Government Personnel Mutual ("GPM") Life Insurance Co. in San Antonio, where he worked until his retirement as Senior Vice President. Ed attained designation as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, served as President of the Actuaries Club of the Southwest, and was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
During their 36 years in San Antonio, Ed and Shirley were active members of Sunset Ridge Church of Christ, where Ed served as a deacon and elder, and - when not attending their children's and grandchildren's games, concerts, recitals, etc. - served the community through many volunteer activities, including The 100 Club of San Antonio. Ed also was an enthusiastic runner and skilled tennis player. After retirement, he and Shirley spent nine happy and productive years in Tyler, Texas, where Ed continued his longtime membership in Rotary International, in which he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. They returned to San Antonio in 2014.
Awaiting Ed in heaven are parents Walter Eugene and Verda Mae Poindexter Hightower; brother Joe Walter Hightower; and uncle Edwin Poindexter. Survivors include Ed's wife of 56 years, Shirley Hightower; daughter Sean Carlin, husband Bob, and granddaughters Annelise and Grace; daughter Shelley McDonald, husband Glenn, granddaughters Sophie and fiancé Nathan Packard, Hannah and husband Travis Hughes, and Olivia; daughter Susan Hightower and husband David Pasztor; son Edwin Eugene Hightower Jr. and husband Jonathan Aspell; niece Amy Hightower and husband Jeff Bird; and sister-in-law Ann Hightower.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's memory to the Hospitality Apartments, which provides free housing to families receiving medical treatment at the Texas Medical Center (hospitalityapartments.org).