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2,500 SCU students, faculty, staff pray for peace
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept.17, 2001 - Approximately 2,500 students, faculty and staff at Santa Clara University gathered in the historic Mission Gardens today for a memorial service for the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C.
Following the Roman Catholic Mass celebrated by SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., and 15 fellow Jesuits, a Muslim staff member, Ahmad Ahmadi, and a Jewish professor in the religious studies department, Cynthia Baker, echoed the president's prayers for peace and understanding.
At the service, the audience joined in mourning the loss of the victims of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, including Deora Bodley, a 20-year-old SCU junior who was among those killed when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed outside of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Locatelli also told the audience that a Santa Clara alumnus, Navy Capt. Lawrence Getzfred, was killed while he was working at the Pentagon when it was struck by American Airlines Flight 77. Getzfred, 57, who received a degree in mathematics from SCU in 1971, lived in Silver Spring, Md. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The president also announced that a public nondenominational memorial service will be held for Deora Bodley at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Mission Church.
A temporary memorial to the Sept.11 victims was erected in front of the Mission Church late Friday, and by today had accumulated dozens of bouquets, photos, letters and memorabilia from SCU students and friends, as well as students from nearby St. Clare's parish school, where Bodley had worked as a reading tutor.
The University announced it has established a Deora Bodley Memorial Book Fund to benefit the elementary school. Kathy Almazol, principal at St. Clare's, said contributions can be directed to: SCU - Deora Bodley Memorial Book Fund. Individuals who wish to donate books for elementary-age children can send them to Nancy Myrbeck at the SCU Career Center, and are asked to indicate inside the books that they are being donated in memory of Deora Bodley.
Other events, open to the public, are scheduled at the University in the aftermath of the national crisis are:
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Full text of Fr. Locatelli's speech: http://www.scu.edu/president/contemplatives.cfm
Full text of Cynthia Baker's speech: http://www.scu.edu/news/releases/0901/cbaker.html
Full text of Ahmad Ahmadi's Koran reading: http://www.scu.edu/news/releases/0901/aahmadi.html
For more information, call Barry Holtzclaw, media relations, at 408-554-5126, or 408-674-8866, or Kelly Shenefiel, 408-554-5125, or 408-348-8965.
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