Christina "Tina" Bailey
1942 - 2020
BORN
1942
DIED
2020
Christina "Tina" Bailey On Tuesday July 22, 2020 Christina (Tina) Anne Bailey, loving wife, mother, mentor, and friend, passed away at the age of 78. On June 4th, Tina and her husband Phil celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on the same day she had major surgery. She returned home in time for her July 4th birthday to embark on a long road to recovery during which she passed unexpectedly. Tina was bright, loving, funny, and intelligent. She loved a good book, crossword puzzles, a snuggle with her cats, jazz, any sci-fi movie, chocolate, time in her garden, anything with travel and photography, among many other things. Above all she loved her family and her friends. Tina was born on July 4,1942 in Brooklyn, NY the only child of Edward and Josephine Wahl, both children of Lithuanian immigrants who had a high school and eighth grade education, respectively. As a woman in science, Tina was clearly a pioneer. She pursued chemistry and earned a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Indiana, the place where she met her husband Phil. Tina was a first generation college graduate, and was in the early stages of her Ph.D. program when she lost her mother. Soon after Phil and Tina married she lost her father, and Phil became her only family. After graduate school, Phil and Tina moved to San Luis Obispo as Phil had secured an assistant professor position at Cal Poly in chemistry beginning fall 1969. Tina sought an equivalent position herself but at the time Cal Poly, like many other institutions, had a nepotism policy that prevented her from consideration despite her qualifications. Instead, Paso Robles High School was in need of a chemistry teacher as school was about to begin. Tina took the position and taught chemistry and math for two years until she and Phil adopted their first child. She remained in contact with some of those Paso High School students even in her last days. As Equal Employment Opportunity legislation became law in the early 1970's, Tina secured a lecturer position in the Chemistry Department at Cal Poly which she held for several years. She was one of a very few women faculty members in science at the time, a time shrouded with skepticism by some of women in tenured positions. Nevertheless, Tina persisted and secured an assistant professor position in biochemistry by the late 70's. In all things, Tina excelled as a faculty member. She was quickly recognized with Cal Poly's Distinguished Teaching Award, was once the campus's nominee for the California State University Outstanding Faculty Award. Tina served as Chair of the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee, received national recognition for her development of the studio classroom model in chemistry where "lecture" and "laboratory" are integrated in the same space and was an honored alum at her undergraduate alma mater. She served two terms as department chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Cal Poly before she retired. Tina co-authored several editions of a nationally published organic chemistry textbook with Phil. She especially liked to teach Drugs and Poisons, Biochemical Pharmacology and general chemistry in the studio classroom, all courses she personally developed initially. By example, she paved the way for others, especially in the sciences, who were unjustly marginalized. We are all better because of pioneers like her. In this light, Tina was also extremely active in the community. Early in her life she held leadership positions in the League of Women Voters in SLO County. For many years Tina ran a Girl Scout Troop, during which she coordinated Girl Scouts for all of SLO county. Most memorable was a large semi-truck that pulled into the driveway of her home for several years and filled the Bailey living room with hundreds of cartons of Girl Scout cookies, waiting to be delivered. Along with her husband Phil, she helped with his Boy Scout Troop, served as parent leaders in the San Luis Obispo Seahawks Swim Club, was active in the PTA at the children's schools, and both were eager volunteers in a variety of other settings. For the last several years Tina served on the Board of the Community Counseling Center, and as president for the past two years until forced to resign for health reasons. Tina was an integral part of the expansion of CCC and was very proud of its role in the community as well as all the other organizations whose roles are to benefit those in need. In their life together, Tina and Phil raised four adopted children, and unofficially adopted dozens more as their "Cal Poly" family by offering a place to live in their home, assisting with tuition and fees, or simply providing love and moral support. Tina and Phil enjoyed visiting their Cal Poly family all over the country and the world. Tina is survived by her husband Phil, their four children, their partners and grandchildren Karl and his wife Lavonne and children Emily, Helaina, Chase, and Josh; Jennifer and her son Jamir; Kristi; and Michael and his wife Lori and children Sean, Hunter, Chris, CJ, Cody, and Colton. PS from Phil: Tina and I both have had wonderful careers at Cal Poly. I don't see how I could have achieved so much in my own career without the love, understanding, and support of Tina. Her journey was more challenging but she absolutely excelled. I have always been so proud of her and so thankful for our love and friendship in our professional, community and family lives. On behalf of Tina we want to acknowledge how much she loved the Cal Poly faculty, staff and students, the San Luis Obispo community and all of her family, friends and colleagues. We hope to have a celebration of Tina's life sometime in the future.
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Published by San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Jul. 26, 2020.
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Joseph Nahas
December 24, 2020
Dear Phil, I am saddened to read of Tina's passing! My deepest condolences to you and your family. I just think of you two as pillars of Cal Poly! It is truly a shock to process. I can only imagine what you must be going through. I Miss seeing you around campus and please know that I pray for you. Tina was a lovely woman who clearly pioneered a whole generation of women.
Lisa Wallravin
Coworker
September 15, 2020
I was privileged to take two organic chemistry classes from Tina. She was a most extraordinary teacher, making a complex subject enjoyable and easy to understand. I also considered her a friend and enjoyed a hug when we met on campus. Condolences to her beautiful family.
Marsha Epstein
Friend
September 9, 2020
Tina and I worked together, especially on curriculum issues. She was tenacious in her dedication to her students. We shared one particular “success”: when we joined the faculty it was the Department of Chemistry. Thanks to our cooperative effort, it is now the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Love and Sympathy to the entire Bailey clan. Ralph Jacobson, emeritus
Ralph Jacobson, PhD
Coworker
August 25, 2020
I was lucky to have Tina for a chemistry lab, and even though she was a model of excellent teaching (organized, punctual, knowledgeable and inspiring high standards), what stands out most is how she made me feel. That occasional warm smile and welcoming look instantly gave me comfort and confidence.
Terry Shell
Student
August 9, 2020
Phil and family,

I was saddened to hear of Tina’s passing. I have such fond memories of her and Poly Royal demonstrations. The two of you were truly remarkable role models In your love for each other, your family, science and mentor ship through scouts! Tina will be missed for sure but not forgotten!

Love Your neighbor,
Lisa Genereux Matthews
Lisa Genereux Matthews
Neighbor
August 5, 2020
I am saddened to hear of Tina's passing. She was a remarkable woman. We served on the Community Counseling Center board together. She was key to our success in acquiring and remodeling the first permanent home of the agency. She was a genuine pleasure to work with, warm, smart and knowledgeable. A force of nature.
Gerald Clare
Coworker
August 3, 2020
We are saddened to hear of Tina's passing and forward our sympathies and prayers to Phil and the family. The Bailey's were close friends of our parents and they were colleagues at Cal Poly. Tina's remarkable life and career are inspirations to all. May she rest in peace .
Mark and Carolyn Chandler
Friend
July 29, 2020
It was an honor to know and be taught by Tina and Phil.
John Harris
Friend
July 29, 2020
Phil & Family,
We were so saddened to hear of Tina's passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We have many fond memories of Tina's teaching Chemistry at PRHS (Class of '71) and at Cal Poly....even our daughters had one or both of you. We remember helping you to move into an apt. in SLO and into your current home...what fun! She was the BEST Teacher and a true inspiration to many!
May God give you comfort and peace as you mourn her loss. We were blessed to call her teacher and friend.
Lovingly,
Holly (Harris) & Craig Driver & family
Holly Driver
Friend
July 29, 2020
Lester Meisenheimer
July 28, 2020
We offer our deepest sympathy to Phil and family. Christina was such a bright and driven woman - in all areas of life. You were a great husband and wife team to accomplish so much together. Yet individually, each of you was so gifted. I pray that the love your family has so freely shared with others will surround you with wonderful memories.
JoAnn & Dennis Ruthenbeck
July 28, 2020
Tina was always an inspiration to me at Cal Poly! She had such joy and dedication to the students. I am sure she had to forgive the many ways that she was oppressed as a woman in Science. I only hope I can be at least half the positive influence she was! Blessings to Phil and their family as you adjust to life without her presence on earth.
Lizabeth Schlemer
Coworker
July 28, 2020
Elizabeth Brennan
July 28, 2020
I am one of the Paso Robles high school students who was inspired and driven toward higher expectations by Tina. Moments from her chemistry class were remembered and utilized into my professional life. The members of the Class of '71 will not forget her. She was one of the best at Paso High and a true teacher; always striving to help and inspire. I hope that Phil and your family can rest more easily knowing that Tina will live on memory and that her pain is over.
Gordon Shaffer
Friend
July 27, 2020
Phil and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful to have known and worked with you and Tina during my time at Cal Poly.

Take care,
Jane Leaphart
Jane Leaphart
Friend
July 27, 2020
Dear Phil, I entered "Coworker" as relationship because I see us working together to promote compassion, inclusion, excellence, and love. You never want to see someone go through difficult times, especially someone you know and love. Please take comfort in knowing a whole community of us is praying for you and your family. Sincere condolences.
Stephan Cheek, MBA
Coworker
July 27, 2020
This is devastating news. For many years, the Baileys were like second parents to me, a second family where I always felt welcome, supported, and loved and Tina was a huge part of that. My deepest condolences to Phil, Karl, Jen, Kristi, and Michael. Sending love and pray you find comfort in your memories of a remarkable woman.
Marit Thompson (Dills)
Friend
July 27, 2020
Dear Phil and Family, I loved working with and socializing with Tina when I was at Cal Poly. Her gifts were many and her passion her strength. Her memory lives in all of us. My deeply felt condolences to you. Deb Larson
Deb Larson
Coworker
July 27, 2020
Dear Phil, It broke our heart to learn of Tina's passing. We loved her as we love you. The two of you are the heart and soul of the community. She embodied the values of compassion, generosity and fearless support of others. I can't imagine her gone. Sending our love to you, Cassie and Rick.
Cassie Carter and Rick Holscher
Coworker
July 26, 2020
I'm going to really miss Tina a lot! Getting to share about our experience in Latin class at catholic schools and the love she showed us in the time we've gotten to spend together. I'm so sad to hear she's gone. I love her a lot and i'm going to miss her. She will get to meet up with my mom in heaven and i know they'll be glad to see each other from up above. Dr Bailey, we are always here for you throughout this time like how you were there for us when we lost our mom. May she rest in Peace!
Sedric Granger Jr
Family
July 26, 2020
Phil, Sharon and I send our deepest condolences. You are like a brother to us. We mourn with you and your family. You and Tina touched so many lives -- like very few in this world. Your influence and impact will be endure forever! We love you! Jeff and Sharon
Jeff and Sharon Armstrong
Coworker
July 26, 2020
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