Fellowship Mourns Christine Saum

Christine Louise SaumMarcel Acosta (LF '01) wrote in with the sad news of the recent passing of Christine Saum (LF '08). 

I’ve had the good fortune to work with Christine over the last ten years at the National Capital Planning Commission where she served as our Chief Urban Designer. Christine was a remarkable planner and architect. She was passionate about making our capital city much more than a symbol that we can admire from afar; she endeavored to make her adopted home a magnificent place to live and work. Christine was a trusted advisor, a kind friend to her colleagues, and a generous mentor to our young staff who will serve as the next generation of accomplished design professionals.  Her passion will be carried forward through the work of her Loeb family and the many people that she has inspired along the way.
There was much more to Christine than her work.  She decided to retire from NCPC last summer to experience all aspects of life. She looked forward to setting up her new farmhouse in the Shenandoah Valley and was excited about designing her new garden. Christine appreciated the wonders of nature, and was curious about anything and everything.
Last October, we were fortunate to have Christine join us on our annual Loeb Study Tour in New Orleans. I know that Christine enjoyed every moment of the trip, from experiencing the vibrancy of the city’s many neighborhoods and catching up with old friends to enjoying Doug Meffert and Lee Ledbetter’s hospitality as their houseguest.
Christine was the eternal optimist.  She exhibited this spirit in the way that she approached her work, in her insistence that great design can uplift the human spirit, and in the dignified manner that she conducted her life at the very end. 
She inspired all of us.
The Loeb family extends its condolences to Christine's family. A gathering to celebrate her life will be held in Washington on April 18 at a location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Christine’s name to Doctors Without Borders, Nature Conservancy or Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
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