This page is dedicated to the memory of PGSS alumni and faculty who have left us early in life. Our classmates have passed away far too young, but still had a great impact on our lives and the world around them. Please join us in remembering them.
Vinod Verumi (PGSS 2006) passed away on December 30, 2014. He was a graduate of Columbia University and had majored in applied mathematics at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. At PGSS 2006, his classmates selected him as one of the valedictory speakers.
His obituary can be found at http://swbrownandson.com/vinod-kumar-vemuri-25/
Adnan Bashir was a member of the PGSS class of 2004. He had completed the Penn State/Jefferson Medical College dual degree BS/MD in 2011. He was an anesthesia resident at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine at the time of his passing in 2013.
Laura Sheard, PGSS class of 2002, passed away in November 2011. She was from Jim Thorpe, PA, and had been pursuing a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Washington in Seattle at the time of her death.
Vi Nguyen attended PGSS in 1999. She was from Harrisburg, and had graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology.
Anthony Canale was from Indiana, PA and was in the PGSS class of 1998. He died during a trip to Cambodia in 2010, after having spent time teaching in China.
Second Lt. Zachariah Miller, from Stoneboro, PA, was in the PGSS class of 1997. He was a Truman and Rhodes Scholar, and died during training to become an Army Ranger, shortly after graduating from West Point in 2002.
Haley Surti, PGSS class of 1996, was from Pittsburgh. She had just graduated from
Harvard University in 1996 when she passed away while traveling in Peru.
Erica Schmitt was in the PGSS class of 1995. She had attended Montour High School in Pittsburgh.
Michael Rhoads attended PGSS in 1993. He had gone on to study Biology at CalTech University.
Lena Bruce, PGSS class of 1987, was from Philadelphia. She died in 1992 just after graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. There is a scholarship in her memory at Tufts.
Also of the PGSS class of 1987, William Lewis, a graduate of Blairsville High School, passed away in April of 1997. He studied Physics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Nicole Lopresti was from Johnstown PA and a member of the 1986 class of PGSS. She attended college at University of Pittsburgh.
Kathy Bocchieri, PGSS class of 1984, died while still in high school at Council Rock HS in Newtown, PA.
Jonathan Stigelman (PGSS 1984) passed away on November 9, 2013. He had graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering and most recently had been a consultant to the tech industry in Silicon Valley. Those who know him may remember him as "Stif Hackvan".
The complete obituary can be found at http://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/jonathan-b-stigelman/article_a3bc8a5b-3bca-5273-94ea-e96471e92b26.html
Frederick Arnold, PhD, who was originally from Monroeton PA, died in 2007. He was in the PGSS class of 1984. Frederick had served as a staff scientist at the University of Chicago, and Director of Scientific Computing at Northwestern University. He was also an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the State University of New York, Binghamton.
Eric Fleischer was in the PGSS class of 1983. He was originally from Wyomissing, PA, and is survived by his wife, Sue Ellen.
Angela Gugliotta, PhD, was a PGSS TA in 1986. She went on the work at the University of Chicago as a lecturer in environmental history.
Delorese Ambrose, EdD, devoted a great deal of her time teaching leadership seminars at PGSS through the 1980's and 90's. She was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and author of several books.
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