CHRISTINE ‘CRIS’ ROHDE passed away on September 7, losing her battle with cancer. A longtime Marina del Rey resident and community leader, Ms. Rohde served on the board of directors for Marina del Rey’s Holiday Boat Parade, Marina del Rey Historical Society, Santa Monica Red Cross, and on committees for MarinaFest and the Marina del Rey 50th Birthday celebration (2015). She has been fund-raising chair and president of the John Tracy Clinic Women’s Auxiliary, and served in the civilian reserve Santa Monica Police Department.
In 1990, Ms. Rohde joined the contemporary design firm of William Dale Brantley, aARts Architects, and continued for three decades in administration, project management, interior design, model homes and governmental entitlement interface, including work with several Marina del Rey lessees.
Sharing an interest in vintage powerboating, Rohde and Mr. Brantley each owned 1950s Chris Craft yachts, which they completely restored. Both were involved with Classic Yacht Association, which strives to preserve and maintain the maritime architectural heritage of fine old wooden power boats. Rohde also provided marine interior design consulting.
As a member of Classic Yacht Association, Rohde served as International Commodore, Southern California Commodore and Treasurer, and produced the Old Fashioned Day in the Park event, which occurred annually for over four decades until this past summer’s cancelation.
In the late 1970’s Rohde joined the firm of Pearson & Wuesthoff (P&W), working on numerous Marina del Rey development and renovation projects, including Fisherman’s Village dock kiosks.
Born Christine Diane Brainard, April 2, 1947, in Burbank, California, Ms. Rohde grew up in San Diego and Seattle, Washington. She earned a degree in Environmental Design from San Diego State University. She was in a previous marriage to Paul Rohde.