In Memory Of
Valerie Canady
United States of America / Seat 24K
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Valerie Canady
Auditor - H.J. Heinz
June 29, 1963 - December 21, 1988 (Age: 25)

Valerie Canady, 25, was the only child of Dr. and Mrs. William Canady of Morgantown, West Virginia. Valerie was en route to Morgantown to visit her parents and friends for the Christmas holidays and to surprise her parents with the news that she and her fiance, Eric Schorr, were to be married over Christmas. She was an internal auditor for H.J. Heinz World Headquarters, based in London, England. Valerie held a Bachelor's degree in Spanish, a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and a Master's degree in Public Accounting, all from West Virginia University, where her father is a professor of biochemistry. She carried a 4.0 grade average throughout her entire academic career and was elected to numerous academic honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Phi Omega, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Xi, and Gold Key.

A many talented person, Valerie had studied at the University of Madrid, Spain, during her junior year. While there, she taught English to Spanish students at a language camp in Bilbao and also served as the camp's lifeguard. She was artistic as well, and had taken prizes in photojournalism at West Virginia University. In a eulogy delivered by family friend, Robert George, he commented, "Her death brings such profound sorrow precisely because her life was the cause of such great joy. Valerie's acts of decency, generosity, and loving kindness did more than help to form her character. They also contributed to the shape of our lives. We are different, and very much better, by virtue of our relationships with her. It is neither trite nor mysterious to say that aspects of her life shall live on in our lives."

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