OBITUARY

Chris Elfring

August 14, 1955June 7, 2018

Chris Elfring (Age 62) of Takoma Park, MD, died from brain cancer June 7, 2018, surrounded by family and friends.

Chris was born in Berwyn, IL in 1955 and moved with her family to the Philadelphia area in 1969. She received a B.A. from Denison University and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin. In 1979, she moved to Washington, D.C. as an AAAS Science Fellow working at the Office of Technology Assessment. For several summers in the early 1980s, Chris worked as a park ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine.

In 1988, Chris began her career with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where most recently she was the Executive Director of the Gulf Research Program. Previously, Chris was Director of both the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Polar Research Board. She provided strategic leadership to the suite of activities known as "America's Climate Choices". She was a leader in the planning of International Polar Year 2007-2008, and has a geographic feature in Antarctica, Elfring Peak, named in honor of her polar science work. In 2012, the American Meteorological Society awarded her the Cleveland Abbe Award for Distinguished Service to the Atmospheric Sciences and she was elected an AMS Fellow.

Chris had a long-standing interest in the policy dimensions of science and communicating science to non-scientists. Her deep love of the environment and the outdoors touched all who knew her -- at work, in her community, and her family -- to their great and enduring benefit.

Chris is survived by her spouse of 33 years, Ann Flather Miles; her mother, Dorothy Elfring; her brothers Gary Elfring (Mary) and David Elfring (Betsy) and their children Adrianne, Matt, Jess, Ana, and Emma; Ann's children Julie Miles (Randy Allworth), Jen McDonald (Jay), and David Miles (Lisa); her beloved grandchildren, Max, Aimee, Sean, Mason, Braxton, Avery, Ryann, and Evan; her goddaughter Ryan Seaton-Evans; and her many dear friends.

A celebration of Chris's life will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WAMU-FM, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), or Equality Maryland.

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Services

5 August

A celebration of Chris's life

10:30 am

Woodend Sanctuary

8940 Jones Mill Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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Lisa Miles

June 17, 2018

We will cherish all of the great memories we have of Grammy Chris. She always took the time to read to Ryann and Evan. And never turned down an opportunity to go to the park or get down on the floor and play.
She sent the best presents, just fun enough that no one ever really knew that they were really educational.
Grammy Chris always took the time to teach the kids about science and nature. She made both topics seem so accessible to even the youngest of the kids.

Jen McDonald

June 16, 2018

Sweet memories of Grammy Chris: Her patience with the grandchildren is legendary, she made the “best chicken nuggets”, she was up for any game, taught them to cross country ski and fish and she always made nature and science interesting. We miss her dearly 💜💜

Jen McDonald

June 16, 2018

Sweet memories of Grammy Chris! Her patience with the grandchildren is legendary, she was up for any adventure, and she always made nature and science interesting. 💜💜

Louis J. Lanzerotti

June 16, 2018

I greatly valued the opportunities that I had to interact with, and work with, Chris at the National Academies, and especially the Polar Research Board. She was a wonderful leader and guide to often knotty policy issues. I send sincere condolences to her family.
Louis J. Lanzerotti
New Vernon, NJ

David Zitnik

June 14, 2018

Gale and I are so saddened by the loss of Chris. She was such a vibrant and active individual it's hard to accept that she has passed away already. She was an overachiever and the catalyst for many things. Our deepest condolences to Ann and everyone who were a part of Chris's life.

FROM THE FAMILY
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Fishing at the cabin

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Yellowstone

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Fishing at the cabin

FROM THE FAMILY

Bowling!