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Christine Medlock Daggett passed away far too young in Denver on March 27, 2014, of cervical cancer. She earned her BA & MS at CU-Boulder in the 1970s, and continues to have family & friends nearby. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Tom Daggett of LoDo, Denver; son Matt Daggett (w.Cara, s.Henry & s.Gabriel) Alexandria VA; son Jamie Daggett (w.Neely, s.Kai & d.Iona) Littleton, CO; daughter Lauren Daggett of Boulder; parents Gordon & Barbara Medlock, Granger, IN; sister Trudi Foreman (h.Jeff Aldred) of Boulder; brothers Gordon Medlock (w.Stephanie) & Chuck Medlock (w.Lynne) of IN; and many beloved family and friends. Born Milwaukee, WI March 20, 1950; grew up in South Bend, IN. Spent 2 years as University professor in San Cristobal, Venezuela. Began Linguistics Ph.D. program at U. of Illinois, Urbana, before meeting her future husband and moving to Oak Park-River Forest, IL. Christine taught for ELS, Inc., then taught English as a 2d language, Spanish, and Etymology at Oak Park River Forest High School (OPRFHS) for 13 years. Christine was a lifelong sportswoman, winning competitions for HS and CU swim teams; for adult power volleyball teams; and adult tennis teams. In 1972, Christine and her sister Trudi Foreman chafed at seeing a powder-puff women's exhibition at the Aspen Ruggerfest. To show women could play real rugby they helped found the CU Women's Rugby team (still active) and planted the roots of the current Boulder Rugby Football Club women's team. Their 1st coach, Jeff Aldred, is now married to sister Trudi. Christine instilled her athleticism in her 3 children - all played multiple varsity sports at OPRFHS. Each son captained 2 varsity teams, her daughter captained 3; her boys were stars on 1998 Illinois State Champion swim team, and its national HS record setting 400 freestyle relay. Son Matt rowed for Harvard varsity men's heavy weight crew, & Oxford's Isis boat in the 2003 Boat Race; son Jamie swam for Stanford's varsity. Daughter Lauren captained CU women's water polo club to 14th in the nation in 2010, and is now head coach. After her initial cancer treatments in 2010, Christine retired from OPRFHS and moved to Denver, founded USAccent Training, LLC, & joined the Adjunct Faculty of the U. of Denver (DU). During her last year, she made trips to Italy, Iceland, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, & maintained her strength by climbing the 14 flights of stairs to her condo, as recently as mid-February. When she could no longer fulfill her DU Faculty duties, she taught English as a volunteer at the Refugee English program at Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to this program by writing "For CRESL, in memory of Christine Daggett", on a check payable to The Emily Griffith Foundation, Inc., (a 501c(3) charity), and sent to The Emily Griffith Foundation, 1250 Welton St., Denver, CO 80204. A memorial service will be held in Boulder on April 26th.

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Apr. 13, 2014
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