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Lynne Newell Christenson, PhD
Outstanding Public Service

Lynne Newell Christenson, PhDLynne led a long, influential career in history, archaeology and preservation in San Diego County. She became coordinator of the South Coastal Information Center at San Diego State University and chaired the city of San Diego's Historical Resources Board. She also was the first president of the San Diego Archaeological Center, which she helped found. In 2001, she became the first full-time County of San Diego Historian, a position within the Department of Parks and Recreation. She greatly expanded the historian duties and was responsible for the identification and management of historic structures and archeological sites, educational outreach and the development of interpretive programs. Whether dressing in period attire for Rancho Guajome's 150th celebration, arranging for a sagging adobe wall to be repaired, or instructing park rangers in the fine points of CEQA, she spent as much time in the field as in her office. Sadly for us, this dynamo retired in March and has moved to Ohio.

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