Christine Daggett, 64, former OPRF teacher, amateur athlete, volunteer

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Christine Medlock Daggett, 64, died far too young on March 27, 2014 of cervical cancer in Denver, Colo., after living 30 years in the Oak Park-River Forest area. Born in Milwaukee on March 20, 1950, she grew up in South Bend, Ind., earned her B.A. and M.S. at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and then taught for two years as a university professor in San Cristobal, Venezuela. 

She began the Linguistics Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana before moving to the Oak Park-River Forest area where she taught English as a Second Language, Spanish, and Etymology at Oak Park and River Forest High School for 13 years. She enjoyed discussing etymology on parent-teacher nights with her lecture on the different meanings of "enigma," "paradox," and "conundrum." 

A lifelong sportswoman, she won competitions for her high school and college swim teams, her Oak Park and River Forest adult power volleyball teams, and her adult doubles teams at the River Forest Tennis Club. In 1972, she chafed at seeing a "powder puff" women's exhibition at a men's rugby tournament. To show that women could play real rugby, she helped found the University of Colorado's Women's Rugby team, which is still thriving, and also established the Boulder adult women's rugby club.

She instilled her athleticism in her three children, all of whom played multiple varsity sports at OPRF. Each son captained two varsity teams, and her daughter captained three. Her boys were stars on OPRF's 1998 Illinois State Champion swim team, and the national high school record-setting 400 freestyle relay. Son Matt rowed for the 2002 varsity heavyweight crew for Harvard and the Isis boat for Oxford in the 2003 Boat Race; son Jamie swam for Stanford; and daughter Lauren captained the University of Colorado's women's water polo club to a national ranking, and is now the head coach. 

Ms. Daggett was a certified meet referee and on the Illinois Swimming Officials Committee. After her initial cancer treatments in 2010, she moved back to Colorado, founded USAccent Training LLC, and joined the adjunct faculty of the University of Denver. 

During her last year, she traveled to Italy and Iceland. She maintained her strength by walking up 14 flights of stairs to her Denver condo, as recently as mid-February. When illness forced her resignation from the University of Denver, she volunteered to teach English to international refugees. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to this program by writing "For CRESL, in memory of Christine Daggett," on a check payable to the Emily Griffith Foundation Inc., (a 501c(3) charity), at 1250 Welton St., Denver, CO 80204. 

Christine Dagget is survived by her husband of 35 years, Tom Daggett; her children, Matt Daggett (Cara), Jamie Daggett (Neely), and Lauren Daggett; her grandchildren, Henry, Gabriel, Kai, and Iona; her parents, Gordon and Barbara Medlock; her siblings, Gordon Medlock (Stephanie), Chuck Medlock (Lynne), and Trudi Foreman (Jeff Aldred); and many other family members and friends. 

A memorial service will be held in Boulder on April 26.

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David erfort from River Forest  

Posted: May 11th, 2014 8:08 AM

Just learned of Christine's passing. So sad that such a talented, vivacious, interesting woman had to leave life so soon. Although they attended different schools my daughter swam with her daughter Lauren, who also possesses her mother's fine attributes. Sitting at swim meets is how as got to know Chris, she always kept things interesting. Our love and prayers go out to Tom and Chris's children. Although your Mom left this life way too early, you will always carry her spirit with you. God bless.

Michael O'Connell from River Forest  

Posted: April 16th, 2014 9:11 AM

It is extremely sad to see such an energetic, intelligent, vivacious women pass away. Christine - we will miss you and our prayers go out to Tom and the rest of the family.

Christine Vernon from Oak Park  

Posted: April 15th, 2014 11:14 PM

This is such sad news to see that someone so loveable, someone with such an incredible life force, so much enthusiasm for life, and so gifted, is struck down too early. Christine Daggett was a delight, had a great sense of humor and, apparent to everyone who knew her, was a wonderful wife and mother. Our condolences to Tom, Matt, Jamie, Lauren, and family. We are so sorry you have suffered this loss and we are praying for you all.

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