Dear Ringwald Family,
Devastated to have learned last night of Chris' death. He was a wonderful person -- kind, funny, smart beyond words, ambitious in all the best ways. We were close in the mid-80s and I had the great pleasure of meeting his parents and siblings.
I meet him just at the point that he was contemplating leaving Washington for a return to NYC and Columbia. He was so excited and happy to be going back to school to pursue work what he loved -- reading, writing, talking, thinking in new and unexpected ways, and listening. He was a terrific listener and a gifted teacher.
Heartbroken. His children have so much to be proud of in their father and my love goes out to his wife.
He had the most wonderful laugh. A beautiful, beautiful spirit.
Maria Ballantyne Labandeira