Condolence & Memory Journal

Christmas was a wonderful lady and loving wife. Who always smiled and listened with interest in what was happening in your life. She is greatly missed.

Posted by tim Feeley - Friend   June 18, 2017

I'd like to add some detail on Chris's substantial service to ACM SIGCOMMM, which went far beyond the 1989 event in Austin. She served as SIG Secretary/Treasurer 1991-1995 and organized the 1999 panel of past SIGCOMM Award recipients on its 10th anniversary. Chris created the modern role of ACM SIGCOMM Conference Coordinator, which involved both overseeing the organization of the SIGCOMM annual conference and also managing request for "in-cooperation" status. She served 1999-2003, after which time the role of Conference Coordinator Emeritus was created for her to help hand-off the role (to me, FWIW). I was also honored to host her as a USC/ISI Postel Center Visiting Research Scholar in 2004, to investigate our archives for her research in Internet history.

She was a fantastic mentor on conference operations, providing skills I have transferred into two other organizations (the IEEE and OSA), and came in quite handy when planning my wedding. Gail and I are glad to have known her personality, her fondness for Pink Martini, and her panache. She is missed and remembered fondly.

Posted by Joe Touch - Manhattan Beach, CA - Coworker   June 14, 2017

She was a fine lady with a beautiful smile and demeanor. Unfortunatley I will not be able to attend the services. My sincere sympathies to Chris and all of the family.

Posted by Diana Zuniga - Austin, TX   June 09, 2017

I will not be able to attend the memorial service for Chris, but I wanted her family to know how sorry I am to learn of her passing. I met her in junior high school (as it was called then) and she was always one of the brightest in our class. I last saw her at a UT Remembers several years ago. I am thinking of you all.

Posted by Madeline Sutherland-Meier - Austin, TX   June 08, 2017

I am heartbroken over Chris being gone. I have known her since junior high school and always admired her for her beauty, her smarts and her kind and gentle nature. I became reacquainted with her and her husband Christopher several years ago and always made it a point to see them whenever I traveled to Austin. I remember after lunch on one of our visits I took her to Mt. Bonnell on a beautiful day to see the view over Lake Austin and I remember her delight at that time! I like to remember her that way with her big smile and her infectious laugh as Christopher aptly described.

Posted by William Young - Peoria, AZ - Classmate   June 02, 2017

Two Chris'. Two brilliant smiles. Two forces to be reckoned with. Two full hearts. Two channels of inspiration. But it was in your "one-ness" that the magic happened. May your "one-ness" always shine, just like your smiles. You're in my thought and prayers. God bless.

Posted by Mary Ann Coon - Fox Lake, IL - Friend   May 31, 2017

Sad to hear this.

Posted by Miren Carranza - Austin, TX   May 29, 2017

Chris was a long-time and dear friend, a colleague in the ACM and Internet spaces. She spent three weeks some years ago helping to organize my accumulation of files regarding the Internet's evolution and I am still using her framework today. Her smile and enthusiasm were completely infectious. I remember a dinner in Geneva at Perl du Lac with her husband, Christopher and Lyman Chapin - I think we ordered a spectacular Le Montrachet white Burgundy and a Chateau d'Yquem with dessert, among other wonderful things. Until she passed away, I was completely unaware of her medical condition - we did not keep in touch and this is a reminder to stay in contact with those you care about. My heart goes out to those she has left behind, but much solace comes from recollections of treasured shared times and the contributions to our community that she has left behind. Vint Cerf

Posted by Vint Cerf - McLean, VA - Friend   May 29, 2017

Sorry that Chris had to leave her life here on earth. God has other plans for her. Prayers for comfort, strength and guidance for her family and friends as they travel through this loss and that of her father.

Posted by Patti Swenson - Austin, TX - Classmate   May 29, 2017