Christina Van Horn, of Concord, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at her home. She was 66.
She spent many years as an editor, beginning her career at the Concord Monitor, then working at Associated Press bureaus in Concord and Hartford, Conn. She ended her New England editing career at the Boston Globe, where she was a copy editor on the local and wire desks and for The Calendar. She was also a business agent for Boston Newspaper Guild. Currently, she was an editor for PlaidSwede Publishing of Concord.
She worked in New York City as speechwriter for the New York City commissioner of the Human Resources Administration and was editor of the New School's Observer newspaper. She delved into the fledgling world of information technology, working as an editor for Commuter Industry Daily, the first daily newspaper to be published and transmitted electronically.
Her next editing job was for Esther Dyson, one of the nation's top information technology gurus. In this capacity, she traveled extensively for Dyson, visiting Warsaw, Budapest, Slovenia, Bratislava and the Czech Republic. Dyson played a groundbreaking role in opening the East to Western commerce.
She moved to California to marry Dana Milner and continued working as a freelance editor. She served as a president and board member of the Albany, Calif. Rotary Club and volunteered for Rebuilding Together. In a career change, she was certified by the International Color Consultant Association and became a color consultant, operating her own business. She was an active library volunteer for 15 years in Albany and served on the library board.
She moved back to New Hampshire in 2015 (in the coldest January ever), and became a volunteer at the Epsom library, where she wrote monthly book and DVD reviews. Her most recent reviews appeared in the Concord Monitor and the Suncook Valley Sun. She was a member of the Epsom Democrats. In her earlier days, she was the first woman appointed to the Pittsfield Planning Board and served on the town's committee for a new elementary school.
Van Horn was an inveterate reader – with a large supply of books waiting to be read. She also could never have enough shoes or handbags to accessorize her wardrobe and created her own jewelry. She built a dollhouse, which she filled with 19-century furniture built by her father, Ralph Van Horn. The dollhouse is now on display at the Epsom library and is destined for the Pittsfield Historical Society. She was devoted to Democratic Party and feminist causes.
She was graduated from Wellesley College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She was Wellesley's first women studies major.
She leaves her mother, Maureen Van Horn of Pittsfield; sisters, Stephanie Van Horn of Franklin and Erica Van Horn of Tipperary, Ireland, and George Geers of Concord, many cousins and friends whom she held dear.
There will be no services, but a gathering of family and friends will be held in early October.
Donations in her name should be made to the Epsom Public Library.
The Still Oak Funeral and Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit stilloaks.com.