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William Christison


William A. Christison passed away peacefully on June 13, 2010 after a brief illness. Bill was born August 24, 1928 to Helen and Leslie Christison in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Princeton University in 1950 and served in the CIA from 1950 until his retirement in 1979. He moved to Santa Fe in 1979 following retirement and pursued several second careers, including as a computer programmer and in the last decade as a writer and activist for political causes, particularly that of Palestinian rights. Bill was preceded in death by his sons Robert and Thomas Christison. He is survived by his wife of 33 years Kathleen Christison; his daughter Lynda Christison Carlson, husband Stoney, and son Jacob; his daughter Judith Wooten, husband David, and son Daniel; and his son Eric Christison, wife Stacy, and son Peregrine.

A memorial service was held on June 18, 2010 at the Rivera Family Funeral Options Chapel.

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Name William Christison
Date of Birth
Date of Death June 13th, 2010
Home Town , AL, US 


Funeral Home
Rivera Family Funeral Home
Cemetery Rivera Family Funeral Home
Location 417 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe NM 87505
United States

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Ann Rader-Tate And George Tate published condolence .

Kathy, We met you and Bill once at Elaine Sullivan's home about a year ago when Alston's daughter was preparing for a class. We were so sorry to hear about Bill's death and extend to you our sympathy. Peace to you and your family.

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John Sherman published condolence .

How sad to lose a good friend, someone we cherished not only for his wit and wisdom, but for his passion for good causes. His commitment to the issues facing Palestine and Israel were shared with us through his many articles and the book he recently co-authored with Kathy, Palestine in Pieces. Lois and I became acquainted with Bill and Kathy when we lived in Santa Fe. We maintained our friendship and saw them a few times in Santa Fe after we moved. On more than one occasion when the two of them went to Palestine, they sent emailed descriptions of their experiences. I offered to forward those to a number of my friends and acquaintances and, for a long time, had a "Christison" folder in my e-mail address book that contained a list of people who appreciated the opportunity to read on-site descriptions of some of the injustices suffered daily by the Palestine people. A gentle, kind man, Bill was naturally drawn to situations where people did not have the rights and privileges they deserve. He will be missed not only by his family and friends, but by those whose cause he championed. Our thoughts go out to Kathy and to his children and their families.

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