You are on page 1of 5

DEDICATION

The Virginia Tech Review Panel invited the families of the victims to lend their
words as a dedication of this report. The panel is honored to share their words of
love, remembrance, and strength.

* * *

We dedicate this report not solely to those who lost their lives at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007,
and to those physically and/or psychologically wounded on that dreadful morning, but also to every
student, teacher, and institution of learning, that we may all safely fulfill our goals of learning,
educating, and enriching humanity's stores of knowledge: the very arts and sciences that ennoble
us.*
"Love does not die, people do. So when all that is left of me is love…
Give me away.…" – John Wayne Schlatter
"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You
can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day
of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something
that you have left behind…let it be something good." – Anonymous
"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we
should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh." – Friedrich
Nietzsche
"Unable are the loved to die, for Love is Immortality." – Emily Dickinson

32 candles burning bright for all to see,


Lifting up the world for peace and harmony,
Those of us who are drawn to the lights,
enduringly embedded in our mind, indelibly
ingrained on our heart, forever identifying our spirit,
We call out your name:
Erin, Ryan, Emily, Reema, Daniel, Matthew, Kevin, Brian, Jarrett, Austin, Henry,
Liviu, Nicole, Julia, Lauren, Partahi, Jamie, Jeremy, Rachel, Caitlin, Maxine, Jocelyne,
Leslie, Juan, Daniel, Ross, G.V., Mary, Matthew, Minal, Michael, Waleed,
and,
hold these truths ever so tight,
your lives have great meaning, your lives have great power, your lives will never be
forgotten, YOU will always be remembered,
--never and always . . .
– Pat Craig

*Neither this dedication nor the use herein of the victims' photos or bios represents an endorsement of the report
by the victims' families.
Ross Abdullah Alameddine Brian Roy Bluhm
Christopher James Bishop Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hometown: Saugus, Massachusetts
Residence in Blacksburg Masters student, Civil Engineering
Sophomore, University Studies
Instructor, Foreign Languages Student since spring 2005
Student since fall 2005
Joined Virginia Tech on
Posthumous degree: Posthumous degree:
August 10, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, English Master of Science, Civil Engineering

Austin Michelle Cloyd


Ryan Christopher Clark Kevin P. Granata
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
Hometown: Martinez, Georgia Residence in Blacksburg
Sophomore, Honors Program,
Senior, Psychology Professor, Engineering Science and
International Studies
Student since fall 2002 Mechanics
Student since fall 2006
Joined Virginia Tech on
Posthumous degrees: Posthumous degrees: January 10, 2003
Bachelor of Science, Biological Bachelor of Arts, Foreign
Sciences Languages/French
Bachelor of Arts, English Bachelor of Arts, International
Bachelor of Science, Psychology Studies

Caitlin Millar Hammaren Jeremy Michael Herbstritt


Hometown: Westtown, New York Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
Matthew Gregory Gwaltney Masters student, Civil Engineering
Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia Sophomore, International Studies
Student since fall 2005 Student since fall 2006
Masters student, Environmental
Engineering Posthumous degree: Posthumous degree:
Student since fall 2001 Bachelor of Arts, International Master of Science, Civil Engineering
Studies
Posthumous degree:
Master of Science, Environmental
Engineering
Rachael Elizabeth Hill Emily Jane Hilscher Partahi Mamora Halomoan
Hometown: Glen Allen, Virginia Hometown: Woodville, Virginia Lumbantoruan
Freshman, University Studies Freshman, Animal and Poultry Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
Student since fall 2006 Sciences (originally from Indonesia)
Student since fall 2006 Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering
Posthumous degree:
Bachelor of Science, Biological Posthumous degree: Student since fall 2003
Sciences Bachelor of Science, Animal and Posthumous degree:
Poultry Sciences Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering

Henry J. Lee
Jarrett Lee Lane Matthew Joseph La Porte
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Hometown: Narrows, Virginia Hometown: Dumont, New Jersey
Sophomore, Computer Engineering
Senior, Civil Engineering Sophomore, University Studies
Student since fall 2006
Student since fall 2003 Student since fall 2005
Posthumous degree:
Posthumous degree: Posthumous degree:
Bachelor of Science, Computer
Bachelor of Science, Civil Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Engineering
Engineering

Lauren Ashley McCain


Liviu Librescu G. V. Loganathan Hometown: Hampton, Virginia
Residence in Blacksburg Residence in Blacksburg Freshman, International Studies
Professor, Engineering Science and Professor, Civil and Environmental Student since fall 2006
Mechanics Engineering Posthumous degree:
Joined Virginia Tech on Joined Virginia Tech on Bachelor of Arts, International Studies
September 1, 1985 December 16, 1981
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak Daniel Patrick O’Neil Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz
Residence in Blacksburg Hometown: Lincoln, Rhode Island Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
Adjunct Professor, Foreign Masters student, Environmental Masters student, Civil Engineering
Languages Engineering Student since fall 2006
Joined Virginia Tech on Student since fall 2006 Posthumous degree:
August 10, 2001 Master of Science, Civil Engineering
Posthumous degree:
Master of Science, Environmental
Engineering

Minal Hiralal Panchal Daniel Alejandro Perez Erin Nicole Peterson


Hometown: Mumbai, India Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia Hometown: Centreville, Virginia
Masters student, Architecture Sophomore, International Studies Freshman, International Studies
Student since fall 2006 Student since summer 2006 Student since fall 2006
Posthumous degree: Posthumous degree: Posthumous degree:
Master of Science, Architecture Bachelor of Arts, International Bachelor of Arts, International Studies
Studies

Mary Karen Read


Michael Steven Pohle, Jr. Julia Kathleen Pryde Hometown: Annandale, Virginia
Hometown: Flemington, New Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia Freshman, Interdisciplinary Studies
Jersey Masters student, Biological Student since fall 2006
Senior, Biological Sciences Systems Engineering Posthumous degree:
Student since fall 2002 Student since fall 2001 Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary
Posthumous degree: Posthumous degree: Studies
Bachelor of Science, Biological Master of Science, Biological
Sciences Systems Engineering
Reema Joseph Samaha Waleed Mohamed Shaalan Leslie Geraldine Sherman
Hometown: Centreville, Virginia Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia Hometown: Springfield, Virginia
Freshman, University Studies (originally from Egypt) Junior, Honors Program, History
Student since fall 2006 Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering Student since fall 2005
Student since fall 2006 Posthumous degrees:
Posthumous degrees: Bachelor of Arts, History
Bachelor of Arts, International Studies Posthumous degree:
Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Bachelor of Arts, International Studies
Bachelor of Arts, Public and Urban
Affairs Engineering

Maxine Shelly Turner Nicole Regina White


Hometown: Vienna, Virginia Hometown: Smithfield, Virginia
Senior, Honors Program, Chemical Sophomore, International Studies
Engineering Student since fall 2004
Student since fall 2003 Posthumous degree:
Posthumous degree: Bachelor of Bachelor of Arts, International
Science, Chemical Engineering Studies