In Memory Of
Andrea Victoria Rosenthal
United States of America / Seat 35D
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Andrea Victoria Rosenthal
February 05, 1966 - December 21, 1988 (Age: 22)

Andrea Victoria Rosenthal was a 1988 graduate of Brown University returning home from Asia, where she had ridden elephants and reveled in a sunrise over the Himalayas. Her travels had taken her to Nepal, Japan, China, and Thailand. This was her final leg home after great adventures experienced since August. Andrea leaves her parents, Charles and Phyllis, and a sister, Nicole.

An art history major, Andrea had long dreamed of a trip to the Far East. On her return home she stopped in Paris, France, to visit two Brown graduate students who recounted how "she was at the base camp of Mt. Everest to see the sunrise, how the whole wall of the Himalayas had glowed orange-pink. It was the most beautiful sunrise of her life." Well-known to many students for her effervescent manner, Andrea had many friends. She is described as warm and joyous, a person well liked and respected by both her peers and her teachers. She was intelligent, receptive, imaginative, and persevering. "People gravitated towards Andrea. She made them feel they could trust her and that she would always be there for them," according to a high school classmate from the Brearley School.

At a memorial service for Andrea, a professor reflected, "I think Andrea would have been a great teacher—of what I'm not absolutely certain, nor do I suspect was she. But she had it all—the sincerity, the discipline, and the compassion to provoke learning, as well as the charm to make learning as beautiful as it should be. Hate, greed, arrogance—these were not part of her. She was all affection. People of every conceivable sort meant a great deal to her. She explored people and peoples, and found some productive fascination in all of them. She seemed born to be understanding. What a rare trait, and how tragic it always is to have one who understands no longer avail-able to understand—when so very much needs to be understood, particularly about human action and inaction in its various noble and not so noble forms."

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