Christina Jordan passed away on April 23, 2005, at age 50, after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage, leaving the BSL staff and faculty in deep shock and sorrow. Christina came to BSL as an administrative assistant in 1999 and soon became an invaluable resource for all of us. Always smiling and available to help in emergencies, Christina had an exceptional ability to anticipate everyone's needs, follow up on tasks, and, perhaps more importantly, catch all the loose ends that I, in particular, would leave behind when jumping around my overbooked schedule. In addition to her incredible attention to detail, which saved many a letter, report, and proposal I wrote, she helped me and others meet deadlines. Christina had artistic talents and skills which we only had a glimpse of when she prepared our BSL Annual Reports.
Christina earned a B.A, in Biological Sciences from UC Berkeley in 1977 (a Regents Scholar all four years), and a B.A. in Studio Arts from Cal State Hayward, after which she studied medical and biological illustration at UC San Francisco (M.A., 1984). Christina's first job at UC Berkeley was as Illustrator with the Department of Entomological Sciences, College of Natural Resources (CNR), from 1985 to 1996, where, in particular, she produced many astounding drawings of birds. After working for two years with the CNR Dean's Office on the alumni magazine, Breakthroughs, Christina was a free-lance scientific illustrator and graphic designer for 2 years. She joined the BSL in January 1999 as an Administrative Assistant II . She had just been promoted to Administrative Specialist, a position that she deserved for a long time because of her role as executive assistant to the Director and Contracts and Grants Analyst. In recognition of her special place in the hearts of her many friends and colleagues on Campus, we have planted two trees in front of McCone Hall, an Eastern Redbud and a California Buckeye. These trees will were dedicated to Christina in a special ceremony held on October 14, 2005. A webpage dedicated to Christina's life and work is available here.
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