Our Opinion: The Times of Christine Moore
Last week, we lost a leader, a sparkplug and a dear friend.
Christine Moore spent the last 20 years of her life working for Pamplin Media Group. For much of that time, including right up until her death last Thursday from cancer complications, she served as publisher of The Times and led this newspaper's editorial board.
Writing this editorial — without Christine to approve it, no less — is challenging. But we know what Christine would tell us: It's work that needs doing.
Christine always seemed tireless. Even while she underwent intensive chemotherapy and other courses of treatment for the cancer that would ultimately take her life, Christine continued to work every day she was able. She would go into the clinic every third Thursday or so for treatment, making work calls and checking her emails while waiting for the doctor to see her, and she would often work the next day until she wasn't able to anymore. After a grueling weekend — it often took a day or longer for the effects of the chemo to really hit her — she would be back to work as soon as she felt able, even as soon as the following Monday.
Christine gave cancer a run for its money for nearly two years after she was diagnosed. She was determined not to let the disease take away what she loved, and what she loved was the newspaper business. Despite reducing her hours to spend more time with loved ones in her last few months, Christine continued to work and provide leadership as advertising director and publisher of The Times until her last week on Earth.
For many people in the community, Christine Moore was The Times. For many of us, she still is.
Christine considered this newspaper in particular to be her life's work. Even as she prepared to enter hospice, she remained intensely interested in the goings-on at The Times — and fiercely supportive of its work to serve readers and advertising clients, break news stories, and feature the stories of local people, as in our recent 2021 Amazing Kids special publication. She continued to offer encouragement to reporters and sales representatives even as her time grew short. And she maintained a realistic but positive, even humorous outlook, joking at least once — or maybe half-joking, or maybe not joking at all — that after completing some work-related task, potentially for the last time, she could die at peace.
It's impossible to replace someone like Christine. We will all simply have to do our best. The Times will name a new publisher. Christine's old clients will hear new voices on the phone calling them from our advertising department.
Much of this was set in motion months ago, as Christine was adamant that The Times and Pamplin Media Group carry on well beyond her passing. She dearly wanted to see it through — everything she started, everything into which she poured her heart and soul and hours upon hours of her time over two decades of working here. But the next best thing — and the only option left, as far as she was concerned — was to set The Times up for future success, even if she wouldn't be here to see it.
We attribute Christine's dedication to her deep love of newspapers, but that's not the whole story, because Christine also loved the communities that Pamplin Media Group newspapers serve.
She loved Beaverton, where she served on the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce's board of directors. She loved Tigard, where she always had an ear to the ground and strived to meet the community's needs. She loved Tualatin, where she also served on the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce's board of directors. She loved Sherwood, just up the street from her home in the Newberg area and with one of the Westside's fastest-growing business communities. And she loved King City, where she cultivated lasting relationships and recognized the immense value of local organizations and service clubs.
Our family is diminished this week without Christine Moore. In the coming weeks, we will make announcements about new personnel. In the future, both short- and long-term, The Times will continue to adapt to meet readers' wants and needs. But this week, Christine and her family — her husband, Barry, and her children, Katie and Daniel — are in our hearts and in our thoughts. This week, we mourn the passing of a woman who led from the front, leaned into her work and prioritized people's needs above her own. Next week, and well beyond, we will continue reporting local news, serving local businesses and publishing local perspectives.
It's what Christine would want. It's what Christine would insist on. And it's work that needs doing.
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