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SCU student among plane crash victims, United Airlines Flight 93

SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 12, 2001 - Santa Clara University today confirmed the death of Deora Bodley, a 20-year-old junior at the University who was on United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed yesterday at 10:06 a.m. outside of Pittsburgh.

At noon on Monday, Sept. 17 in Mission Gardens the University will hold a special liturgy in memory of all victims of the national crisis. Residents in the neighborhood around the campus are invited to join the University community for this liturgy. Later next week, there will be a memorial service at Mission Santa Clara de Asís for the University community and the family and friends of Bodley.

Bodley was a psychology and French double major who most recently lived off-campus in Santa Clara. During her first two years at SCU, she lived in University residence halls. As a sophomore, she lived in Dunne Hall. In her freshman year she lived in Swig Hall.

"Deora was such a wonderful and caring person," said Cathy Justl, resident director, Dunne Hall. "She contributed a great deal to her community and had many friends. I know she will be greatly missed by all who knew her."

Through her connection with SCU's Career Center, Bodley worked 14 to 16 hours a week tutoring elementary students under the America Reads program, a grass roots national campaign challenging Americans to help children learn to read.

Bodley graduated from La Jolla Country Day High School in San Diego. While in high school she volunteered with several organizations including T.R.A.C.E. (Teenagers Responding to AIDS with Care and Education), Helen Woodward Animal Center, and the Special Olympics.

She is survived by her father, Derrill Bodley, from Stockton; and her mother, Deborah Borza, from San Diego.

MEDIA: Kathy Almazol, principal at St. Clare Catholic Elementary in Santa Clara is available for interviews. Almazol worked closely with Bodley through America Reads. She can be reached at 408-246-6395.

For more information, contact Kelly Shenefiel in SCU Media Relations at 408-554-5125 or


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<strong>Deora Bodley, 1981-2001</strong> Memorial Service, 1 p.m., Sept.21, Mission Church, Santa Clara University

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