Christine Sidaris Pullum, 71, died on Monday, January 5, 2009, at her home in Lafayette, Louisiana, after a 35-year battle with hepatitis C.
Christine met her future husband, Robert Doyle Pullum, while both attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1960s. They moved to Lafayette in 1969 to manage the campus bookstore at what was then called the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. They did so for 15 years.
Pullum was described as a “selfless, tireless worker,” whether at her job or through her volunteer work in the community. As a woman with hemophilia, she helped secure the charter for the Federation of Louisiana Hemophilia, later called the Louisiana Hemophilia Foundation. Pullum worked with state legislators to gain recognition and funding for the chapter. She founded the Hepatitis Education Support Group, helping obtain sponsors and funding for it for six years. “We will remember Christine as one of the truly tireless volunteers for the bleeding disorders community,” said Val Bias, NHF CEO.
In addition, Pullum was an active member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, serving several terms as Sunday School Superintendent, and of the local Lion’s Club. In 2000 and 2001 she was named “Lion of the Year.”
Pullum is survived by her husband, Robert Doyle Pullum. They would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on January 22, 2009.