Christopher Orin Batchelder passed away at midnight April 16, 2021 at Charter House in Rochester, MN.
Private inurnment will take place at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Friday, May 8, 2021.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
There are no events scheduled.
I was fortunate that my dad introduced me to Chris, his Mayo colleague while I was working my Mayo job during my summer breaks, but it was not until I finished school and ready to make my move to California when my dad suggested I go over and meet up with “Mr. Batchelder” before I left . I somewhat reluctantly did, but thinking that I was forcing myself upon him and he surely had more important things to do. But Chris and I had a really great talk in his office that day where he showed an honest interest in me and my adventures ahead. We agreed to keep in touch, and for the next 35 years we would always correspond and get together for lunch whenever I came back to Rochester and a few great times when he came to Los Angeles.
I would always look forward to what became our annual Christmas lunch get together and it very soon became something I really looked forward to every year as it became a standard part and priority for me of my Christmas break.
Usually going to the restaurant or café we had to traverse various Rochester sidewalks, catwalks or the deepest mayo subway tunnels where we would pass his fellow Mayo workers of every profession and level, patients, and who knows who, seemingly every person in the city. I was always amazed that he seemed to know almost everyone we passed and I could tell by the smiles on their faces he greeted (always by name) that they regarded Chris very highly. I repeatedly witnessed what I consider Chris’s most admirable attribute his sincere and genuine respect and appreciation of everyone he knew.
I have tried to follow in his footsteps the best I can in this respect thanks to Chris as a role model. He would always pick the most appropriate lunch venue and no matter how cold outside I will never forget how I always felt the warmth and good vibrations radiated being radiated from Chris’s presence in contrast to the blizzards outside.
He gave me this plaque after he retired, I believe it was in his office in the Siebens building, I’ve had it on my wall and think of Chris every time I look at it. He was a genuine good and sincere person and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to have him as my good friend I will never forget him.