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Christopher B Unger
  • December 25, 1947
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  • January 03, 2012

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Dr. Christopher Unger, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, died quietly at the Southeast Volusia Hospice Care Center on January 3, 2012.  He had just celebrated his 64th birthday on December 25, 2011 having been born to Olga and Quentin Unger on that day in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1947.  Chris was an incredibly proud father, husband, brother, Eagle Scout, child advocate, poet, author, and seeker of interesting things. He was a garage sale regular and his passion for music earned him the nickname “The Record Man”.  Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Olga.  He is survived by his wife Nancy of New Smyrna Beach, son Josh of Boise, Idaho, brother Peter (Sue), nephew Wes, and niece Elaine of Pinckney Michigan, brother Tim, (Rene), of Menlo Park, California, and his father Quentin of Port Orange, Florida.  Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York and received his PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. He wrote a book published in 1977 entitled Chaos, Madness, and Unpredictability..Placing the Child With Ears Like Uncle Harry’s (The Spaulding Approach to Adoption), important in the field of child welfare as the first written documentation of skills needed to find permanent homes for children with special needs. He worked as a foster licensing consultant for the State of Michigan, and then became a litigation consultant in Foster Care and Adoption. Chris had a great sense of humor and was a very special, unique, creative person who loved his family. He willingly helped anyone in need, lived for the thrill of discovery, and made a significant difference in many children’s lives through his advocacy on their behalf. A celebration to honor Chris will be held in the summer when friends can gather from near and far.  Donations may be made in Chris’s honor to Spaulding for Children, 16250 Northland Dr., Suite 120, Southfield, Michigan 48075 and Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc., 451 E. Graves Avenue, Orange City, Florida 32763.    

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  1. 30 Jan 2012
    Lance Mitchell says:
    Mr. Unger was my neighbor in Brighton, Michigan. When I was about 11 he hired me to mow his lawn. Since I wasn't that experienced he showed me how he wanted it done. He was always nice to me and I sometimes think of what he taught when I mow my own yard. My condolences to his family and friends.

  2. 08 Jan 2012
    helen kasper says:
    There are no words. Larry and I spend our days in quiet reflection occasionally interrupted by a memory that we share if it won't be too painful. Like the day he agreed to have tea with me in a tea room in Lithopolis even though it wasn't very manly but it would make me happy. And so Chris and I sat there and had a good laugh over it. The way he refused to use the dishwashers in his various abodes. We never understood it but it was Chris's way and so it was okay with us. As I said, there are no words. Larry and I will never stop missing him.

  3. 08 Jan 2012
    Judy Hogan Wood says:
    Chris and I send our condolences to the entire Unger family, particularly to my friend, Nancy. I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful husband! Sincerely, Judy Hogan Wood

  4. 08 Jan 2012
    john brantley says:
    i will miss him looking for records at yard sales.he was a kind and friendly guy i will think of him at the next yard sale.. friends jackie and john brantley

  5. 07 Jan 2012
    sue unger says:
    Chris was ever the compassionate brother and doting uncle. His sense of humor, intense interest in the people around him and willingness to listen are only some of the many gifts he shared.
    I will miss him.

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