Wednesday, March 7, 2007

In Memoriam Paula Gmelch

On March 1st, 2007, Paula Gmelch’s life was tragically cut short in an accident on Turk and Chabot at the University of San Francisco. We at USFblogtastic, have reported on and shared our stories and thoughts about this accident that has shocked and saddened our entire community.

USFblogtastic would like to provide the entire USF community, family and friends of Paula Gmelch, and anyone else who knew her with a place to reflect. Although, none of the students in our class personally knew Paula, this tragedy has opened our eyes to just how delicate life can be.

A memorial service for Paula Gmelch is being held on Friday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. in Saint Ignatius Church, at the University of San Francisco. There will also be a reception following the service in Fromm Hall.

In light of this tragedy, donations can be made to the Paula Gmelch Scholarship Fund. So far there has been tremendous support for the fund. Checks can be made payable to the University of San Francisco, noting the Gmelch scholarship and can be mailed to the School of education. For more information please contact Jim Brennan, the School of Education director of budget and planning.

Please use this space to add your thoughts, tell your stories, and share your memories of Paula.


Chris Nyles said...

I do not know Paula Gmelch personally but I am moved by her untimely death. She was a wonderful person and was loved by everyone who knew her especially her husband, Dean Gmelch and their two children. Sometimes it is difficult to comprehend why tragic things happen to good people like her.

Debbie said...

I didn't know Paula personally either, but like many at USF have been saddened by her death. My heart goes out to Dean Gmelch and her family and friends. I am so sorry.

If anything positive can come from such a horrible event, at the very least I hope people will take the time and make the effort to drive more sanely.