Christopher Newell Tenhoor

March 14, 1964July 3, 2019

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Christopher Newell Tenhoor, PharmD, PhD, loving father, son, brother, friend, colleague and husband. Chris died peacefully in his sleep on July 3, 2019. Chris was born on March 14, 1964 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up with a loving family, close friends and a supportive Presbyterian community. Chris attended Grand Rapids schools and graduated from Creston High School in 1982. He was an enthusiastic camper and counselor at Camp Henry in Newaygo, Michigan for nine years. He then proudly attended the University of Michigan, earning both a Doctorate of Pharmacy in 1989 and a Doctorate of Pharmaceutics in 1993. Following a brief time in New Jersey, Chris moved to Massachusetts to continue a career in pharmaceutical development, toxicology and pharmacokinetics. He married his wife Kursten in May of 2001 and had two beautiful girls Caroline and Kate in 2003 and 2007. After residing in both Framingham and Hopkinton Massachusetts for 15 years, he moved with his family to Yarmouth Maine in 2016. Chris was a brilliant pharmaceutical development scientist, having contributed to the approval of many FDA-approved, life- saving and altering medications. He worked with successful companies such as Hoechst Marion Roessel, Biogen and Dyax Corporation. Chris then started his own successful consulting business, Strategic Non-Clinical Solutions, and enjoyed collaborating with all of his clients. Chris was a loving father to two brilliant daughters who will miss him greatly. Chris spent many years at the University of Michigan and developed many strong friendships. He loved U of M football and was a proud Wolverine. He had many great stories working with his friends at Rick’s on campus and driving the university busses. He enjoyed skeet and trap shooting, road biking, reading, kayaking, traveling, NFL football and downhill skiing. Chris had great skills in finish construction, painting, home renovation and enjoyed tinkering around the house. Chris had a wonderful, sharp sense of humor and wit and an elevated analytical skill. He loved to play board games and rousing games of toss and monkey in the middle with his daughters. Chris had unmatched skills at the barbeque grill. Chris is survived by his intelligent and beautiful girls Caroline Grace (16) and Kate Elizabeth (12), and his wife Kursten of Yarmouth Maine, his Mother and Father, Allen and Jackie Tenhoor of Grand Rapids, MI, his brother and sister in law David Tenhoor and Janeen Judah of College Station, TX and many extended family members in Michigan, Washington, Maine and elsewhere. Chris will be so very greatly missed by anyone who met and knew him, either professionally, casually or loved him inside and out for many years. A void has been created by his passing that will never be filled. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Camp Henry may be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, or to a charity of your choice.


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Christopher Newell Tenhoor

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Christine Kochi

July 17, 2019

Dear Kursten,
It is so sad to hear about your loss. I have fond memories of Chris and you while working at Biogen. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Elan Ezickson

July 11, 2019


Our time at Biogen seems like ages ago. But we and our boys still fondly remember you and Chris visiting with us in Canada (and Chris wondering where the rest of the ski hill was!). And it was so great to reconnect with Chris when he was consulting. He was such a wonderful man - a hugely talented professional, but even a better person. Words can't express how saddened we are. Our hearts go out to you and your daughters.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Elan and Melanie Ezickson

Randall Guthrie

July 11, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. Chris has been a been a great friend and scientific colleague for so many years. I was absolutely shocked to hear of this news. I am so sorry for your loss and wish you and the family nothing but the very best. He was a great man that will certainly be missed by all
All the best,

Brenda Emerzian

July 10, 2019


I am shocked and saddened to hear that Chris has passed. He was a pleasure to work with and he loved to have fun.

Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you and your daughters.

Brenda Emerzian (former Biogen colleague)

Holly Rogge

July 9, 2019

Dear Kursten,
We are so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Devastating. Chris was an amazing person, We will always loving remember him as having a personality that was larger than life. Loving, thoughtful, sincere and caring. These words only begin to describe him.
Please accept our sincere condolences.

Holly and Mark Rogge