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John Christopher (Chris) Pomiecko

John Christopher (Chris) Pomiecko, program administrator for Comparative Media Studies, died in a car accident on Feb. 6. He was 48.Pomiecko first began working at MIT 21 years ago and spent the past six years as program administrator of CMS. He had previously worked in the Humanities Film Office.Professor Edward B. Turk, who knew Pomiecko throughout his years at MIT, praised Pomiecko for his “knack for making things run smoothly.”“I think Chris was the person who always will remind us everything is possible, that there’s always a way to make things happen,” Turk said.

“I think everyone who knew him liked him and really admired the way he carried himself,” said Senior Lecturer Martin Marks. He “left you feeling happy to have known him.”

Professor Peter S. Donaldson called Pomiecko “an exceptionally warm and generous human being, as well as a skilled and creative administrator” whose “contribution to education and community here went far beyond his duties.”

Pomiecko was active in the community and organized weekly bridge games at his home. He also enjoyed gardening, photography, tennis, swimming, and cross country skiing.

A wake for Pomiecko will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, with interment following at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fiske Free Library, St. Mary’s Elementary School, the Clarement Opera House, or any other charity of choice.

Pomiecko is survived by his mother, sister, brother-in-law, and two nieces.