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Barbara Randall Kondylis

1943 - 2018 Notice Condolences
Barbara Randall Kondylis Notice
1943 - 2018 Vallejo There will be a celebration of life for Barbara Randall Kondylis at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 16, at the Vallejo Community Center on Amador Street. Barbara Randall Kondylis, 74, longtime Solano County Supervisor and Vallejo City Council member, passed away April 21 at her home, months after being diagnosed with cancer. Barbara grew up in an Air Force family. She was born July 8, 1943, in Seymour, IN, to Edward and Nathalie Fox. She was raised in Port Jefferson on Long Island, NY, on Oahu in Hawaii, and in Milford, DE. She returned to Port Jefferson in high school and graduated there. In 1966, Barbara was attending the University of New Hampshire when she met her husband, Gabriel, who was in port with the Greek Merchant Marines. They married in 1968 and lived in Greece and Vacaville before settling in Vallejo, where they raised their children, Nathalie and Alex. She completed her education in the Bay Area, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward. Barbara first entered local politics to oppose a plan to build a 180-unit apartment building along Vallejo's beautiful waterfront. Her hard work paid off, and the project never moved forward. That site is now a multi-use park. Barbara won a Vallejo City Council seat in 1979 and served for nine years. She then turned her attention to the Solano County Board of Supervisors, winning the seat in 1992. Barbara was motivated to run because she was concerned about government process and land-use decisions that threatened Solano County's environment, and the plight of women and children; particularly issues of family violence, poverty, and family planning. She later expanded her advocacy efforts to include bay conservation, preserving natural resources, supporting transportation alternatives, creating livable communities, and improving the quality of life for seniors. She served on the Board of Supervisors for 20 years. Barbara was steadfast in her work on behalf of Solano County's children and families. She worked to establish the Office of Family Violence Prevention, the Family Justice Center, and Baby Coach, a program to ensure good outcomes for high-risk mothers and their babies. Barbara also successfully promoted the creation of a directed funding stream for family violence prevention. She advocated for children going through dependency court by helping to implement the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program. Barbara initiated Smile in Style, which provided dental services to thousands of elementary school children. For her many efforts, Barbara was awarded the Robin Jenkins Memorial Award in 2012 and the Solano County Democrats Legacy Award in 2017. During her career, Barbara served on many local and regional boards including the San Francisco Bay Conservation/Development Commission (BCDC), Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG) Board, Solano County Children and Families First Commission, and the California State Association of Counties' Condition of Children Taskforce. Barbara was a loving mother and grandmother, caring friend, attentive hostess, avid gardener, and wicked video game enthusiast. She especially loved the Zelda and Assassin's Creed series. She enjoyed doing her own home improvements, including replacing windows, doors and tile. Barbara pursued many endeavors whole-heartedly, among them driving a variety of vehicles, including a Thunderbird convertible (across the United States with her grandmother), a dirt excavator, a 50-foot cabin cruiser, a steam locomotive, and a submarine. She kept her thirst for knowledge and enjoyed studying a wide range of subjects from Greek mythology to chaos theory. She spent many summers in Grover Hot Springs State Park, setting up an epic campsite and graciously hosting friends and family. She loved traveling and cruising with her sisters, visiting such places as Antarctica, Australia, Europe, Japan, and South America, and she always met new friends along the way. Her grandkids will remember the trips to Yosemite and Disneyland and the many weeks she spent at their house cooking her legendary macaroni and cheese and hanging out with them on the front porch. Barbara's charisma drew people together family, neighbors, political supporters, and colleagues. She was there for her family and her many wonderful friends to the end of her life, and they were there for her. Barbara was full of fun and warmth, the life of every party. Barbara is survived by her children and their spouses, Nathalie and Ryan Manning, and Alex and Jen Kondylis; grandchildren, Katie and Andrew Manning; her husband, Gabriel; sisters, Pam LaMar, Terry Rogers, and Janet Fox; father, Ted Fox; nieces, Emily, Marci, and Lilly; nephew, Jason, and countless friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to CASA (www.casasolano.org) or your favorite non-profit helping Solano County children and families. The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the wonderful Kaiser Hospice Team and asks that when you drive down scenic two-lane Wilson Avenue (that isn't a four-lane highway), think about Barbara and the positive impact she had on our community and our lives.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline from June 10 to June 16, 2018
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