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In memoriam: Christine Kubo Loh, UCLA writer and editor

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Christine Kubo Loh, UCLA alumna and 28-year staff member

Christine Kubo Loh, a UCLA alumna and staff member for 28 years, died on Nov. 5, in Torrance, California. She was 58.

Loh was a graphic designer and writer and, most recently, editorial manager of marketing and communications, in UCLA Housing and Hospitality Services (H&HS). She retired in September. Previously, she worked in UCLA Contracts and Grants and, as an undergraduate, in UCLA Athletics.

“Chris was an extraordinary person and talented individual, working tirelessly on hundreds of projects over the years … including many that called upon her superb writing and editing talents,” said Jan Gonzales, associate director of H&HS marketing and communications. “Her cheerful energy, sense of humor, good-naturedness and diplomatic disposition were all attributes we cherished in Chris. She was a true one-of-a-kind spirit and presence who will be sorely missed.”

Most recently, Loh played an integral part in researching and compiling a collection of approximately 150 unique photographic images related to UCLA, now on display at the new UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center in the corridors and guest rooms. She was also very active as a volunteer in department activities, from blood drives to the annual "I'm Going to College" event that brings children of H&HS staff to campus to learn about higher education. During her brief retirement, Loh was able to pursue her interests in drawing, yoga and volunteering in English as a Second Language classes.

Loh was born on March 3, 1958, in Culver City, California, to Henry and Kikuye Kubo. She attended El Marino Elementary School and Culver City High School, where she expressed aspirations to become an archaeologist — although her father commented that she probably wouldn’t like the profession because it would require her to get dirty. She briefly attended California State University Long Beach before transferring to UCLA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and journalism. Loh went on to earn a master’s degree in American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She held a Ralph Nader Internship in Washington, D.C., and then took a job with the City Managers Association, also in Washington, before returning to UCLA as a staff member in 1987.

In addition to her expertise in writing and editing, Loh was an accomplished pianist, harpist and ballroom dancer; she met her future husband, Joseph, at a ballroom dance party in 1993. She was also a consummate cook and baker, skills which she dramatically demonstrated one Thanksgiving in high school when she singlehandedly cooked her family’s entire holiday dinner. Her passion for cooking, as well as for traveling, took her to countries around the world — including Russia, West Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Spain — to learn about their cultures and cuisines. She also traveled to Singapore, where she took cooking lessons with local chefs, as well as to Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Loh is survived by her husband, Joseph, and their two sons, Nathanial and Evan; her mother, Kikuye Kubo; brother, Jonathan Kubo; sister-in-law, Sou Smith; brother-in-law, Foraker Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

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