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Christine Haska
April 25, 1951 - July 26, 2017
Christine Mary Haska passed away peacefully, in the arms of her daughter, on July 26, 2017. She was born to parents Tadeusz and Jadwiga Haska on April 25, 1951 in New York City. She moved to Monterey when she was just six weeks old so always claimed to be a Monterey native. She attended Monterey public schools, graduating from Monterey High School in 1969. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from San Jose State University in 1972 and 1978, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona in 1983. She also worked at the University of Arizona College of Medicine as an educational researcher and frequently taught at Pima Community College.
In 1982, Dr. Haska was offered a position at Tulane University, where she served as Deputy Provost. She was then offered a position at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She held the position of Vice President of Planning for ten years, where she had responsibility for planning, information technology, and university communications and outreach.
The only child of immigrant parents, Christine decided to move back to Monterey in 2001 to assist with the care of her parents, and to enjoy being a new grandma. Subsequently, she was offered a position at the Naval Postgraduate School, serving as Vice President of Information Resources and having responsibility for institutional research and planning, information technology, and university communications.
Throughout her career, Christine served in a variety of professional organizations and was an active participant and presenter at professional conferences. On the Monterey Peninsula, she was particularly well known for collaborative work with the Department of Defense installations, health systems cooperative initiatives, and Information Technology leaders in the region.
After retiring from NPS in 2013, Christine served on three boards: Community Health Innovations of Montage Health; CENIC, the statewide higher education and research network board; and The Gathering for Women, an organization serving homeless and at-risk women on the Monterey Peninsula.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Christine was well known to her family and friends as an exuberant spirit with boundless energy and wide-ranging interests. She was fiercely proud of her Polish heritage and maintained fluency in the Polish language. She traveled enthusiastically and reported what she learned through frequent correspondence to friends and family. She loved music performances and visiting museums of all types. Most of all, she loved the ocean and keeping her toes in the sand!
Her family was central in her life and she often noted that she worshipped the ground her grandchildren walked on. She often told her family and friends that she felt their love wrapped around her, and felt blessed by each and every one of them. She cherished her friendships, gratitude was a frequent message, and appreciation was a deeply held value.
Christine is survived by her dear husband of one year and a half, Alexander "Sandy" Ford, and by her beloved daughter from her first marriage to John Brown, Stefanie Naumann (David), and much adored grandchildren, Emily and Alex Naumann.
Visitation at Mission Mortuary will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m., followed by a rosary at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at San Carlos Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 3rd.
Christine's family would like to thank Dr. Zach Koontz for his exceptional talent and dedication, Dr. Kathy Swanson for her relentless pursuit of a diagnosis, Dr. Michael Jacobson for his deep knowledge and even deeper human compassion, and Dr. Mark Vierra for his surgical leadership and kindness. And most especially to Dr. Steve Packer, who has helped to raise the medical quality bar on the Monterey Peninsula.
In her final days Christine asked that her family extend immeasurable thanks to all of her friends and colleagues, who wrapped her in boundless love and support, throughout her life, but most especially in these last two years after being diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to The Gathering for Women – Monterey, an organization dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk women on the Monterey Peninsula.
Gathering for Women
PO Box 601
Monterey, CA 93942
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Published in The Monterey Herald on July 30, 2017
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