Along with Salmaan Khan and Matthew Silva, he formed the nonprofit group to bring awareness to the 1964 World’s Fair relic in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Silva said Doran was a great man, a civic leader and a dedicated community activist.
“He was a really good friend,” Silva said. “The three of us were kindred spirits in how we feel about this building.”
Local preservationist and a columnist for this paper, Michael Perlman, wrote recently about a forum that was held at Queens Theatre in the Park just weeks ago concerning preserving the Pavilion.
“Christian was a brave and dedicated visionary, and it is really sad and shocking to learn about his sudden passing,” Perlman said. “There are very few young advocates citywide who extend outreach to a community, and brainstorm about methods of pursuing landmark status, restoration, and creative reuse. I have confidence that the NYS Pavilion will be preserved. He will not be forgotten.
Borough President Melinda Katz also expressed her condolences about his passing.
“I spoke with Mr. Doran just last Thursday during a walking tour I had organized of the Pavilion and was very impressed with his dedication to making sure that this iconic structure is preserved for future generations to enjoy,” she said. “I know those efforts will continue and I will work diligently to fulfill Mr. Doran’s wish that the Pavilion never be torn down.”
A Christian Doran Facebook tribute page has been created, and so far hundreds of photos and memories have been shared by family and friends.
A wake for Doran will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. at Gleason's Funeral Home, 149-20 Northern Blvd., in Flushing.
The funeral will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church at 242-20 88th Ave. in Bellerose.
In lieu of flowers, Doran's family requests that donations be made to the Mid-Hudson Valley Camp, an organization Doran volunteered with that provides nine-week programs for children and adults with mental disabilities, pediatric cancer patients and deaf children.