Young alumna killed while working in Iraq

By now many of you in the Marietta College community have become aware of the unfortunate incident last week (Jan. 17) that took the life of Andrea "Andi" Parhamovich '00, who was a civilian working in Iraq.

News reports have indicated that Ms. Parhamovich, 28, was killed in an ambush of her convoy as it traveled through one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods. She was in Iraq advising public officials and political parties as part of the National Democratic Institute.

College officials have received very special messages from alumni and friends recalling Ms. Parhamovich's intelligence and energy, both during her time on campus and after she left Marietta looking to make a difference in the world.

Marietta College actively encourages its students to seek understanding and cooperation in their communities and around the world through civic engagement. Ms. Parhamovich was working in Iraq to fulfill her commitment to make the world better for others. While her dedication and sense of responsibility will always remain a particular source of pride here at Marietta and with all who knew Andi, her untimely death is cause for a profound sense of sorrow and our deepest sympathies go out to her family.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Cyprian Catholic Church, 4223 Middle Ridge Road, Perry, with the Rev. Peter Mihalic of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church of Fairport Harbor officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Ave., Painesville, opposite Lake Erie College.

Memorials may be made to the Andi Fund in care of Donna Lovecchio, Perkins and Coie LLP, 607 14 St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005.