Lisa Considine

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Lisa Anne Considine

Lisa Anne Considine, 58, peacefully ended her long battle with cancer the morning of February 27, 2013, at UCSF's Long Hospital, in San Francisco CA, where she had spent a career raising hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer research. Lisa was born in December 1954, in Saint Ignace, Michigan to Raymond Considine and Elisabeth Considine, and was welcomed to the family by brother Chris. The family settled in Framingham, Massachusetts and forged lasting friendships.

In 1966 Ray's career transferred the family to Los Angeles where they resided in the Altadena foothills above Pasadena. Lisa attended Mayfield Senior School, excelled in its open academic environment, and formed lifelong relationships with her classmates. Subsequently, Lisa attended Sonoma State University and received her Bachelor of Arts after a year abroad in Germany. In Europe she built significant friendships and deepened her love for travel.

Lisa settled in the Bay Area in the early 1980s, launching her vocation in development at the Oakland Museum. In 1984 she began a twenty-two year career with the University of California San Francisco as Associate Director of Annual Giving, ultimately rising to Director of Development for Cancer Research. In 2006, Lisa joined City of Hope Cancer Center as Associate Vice President-Western Region where she remained until her disease commanded her full attention.

In the late 1980s, she married briefly and her daughter Isabel was born. In 1997 Lisa met her partner for life and future husband Wayne Shaffer. Lisa's daughter, Isabel Cohen, and Wayne's daughter, Aislynn Shaffer, were united as sisters at the ages of six and eight. Wayne, Isabel and Aislynn, though heartbroken, will carry on the family that Lisa, as an incredible wife and mother, helped form. Joined by Lisa's brother Chris and his wife Cathi, they will forever be Lisa's loved ones.

Lisa led a dynamic life, with love and laughter at the core. She forged true relationships with everyone she met. She was passionate about tap dancing, creating art, playing music, and writing and reading literature. She was blessed with eternal optimism, believing everyone and everything is precious, whole and good. Lisa overflowed with life, capturing its beauty in sickness and in health. Her enduring spirit challenges us to open ourselves to love and use it to reach out to others as she did.

The family would like to acknowledge the outpouring of love from Lisa's friends, the University of California San Francisco for the wonderful care that Lisa received while living with Multiple Myeloma, City of Hope for its support, and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation that is instrumental in searching for the cure. A memorial will be held for Lisa on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Lisa's honor to the MMRF at

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 17, 2013