Christine “Chris” Dunlap, UMass Lowell’s former executive director for strategic communications and the founding editor of NewsLine, died in September after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 67.
Dunlap’s career at UMass Lowell spanned nearly 30 years. She joined the university in the late 1980s as a writer and went on to serve as director of communications and marketing and executive director of the Student Broadcast Media Center. In that job, she was credited with turning the Sunrise public affairs program on WUML-FM into a smart and popular radio show.
Dunlap was named the university’s executive director of strategic communications in 2008. She retired from that position in 2013, but continued working at the university part-time.
“Chris was a valued colleague, a talented professional and an incredible person,” says Patricia McCafferty, vice chancellor of university relations. “Her love of learning and her passion for knowledge were a perfect match for the higher education career path she chose. Her many contributions to UMass Lowell will be always appreciated and remembered.”
A former journalist with the Lowell Sun and The Boston Globe, Dunlap was a gifted writer and editor. She co-authored the book “To Enrich and to Serve: The Centennial History of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.”
Dunlap sat on the boards of the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, the Lowell Arts Council and the Lowell Telecommunications Commission and participated in Jericho Road, a Concord-based nonprofit that provides professional services to organizations in Lowell and Lawrence.
The Christine Dunlap Endowed Scholarship Fund has been established in her memory. To donate, contact Steven Rogers, senior director of development, UMass Lowell, 1 Perkins St., Lowell, MA 01854.