In Memoriam... Shock and sadness settled over the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in May when news came that Christopher Ostrowski, three weeks shy of his 22nd birthday and two months short of his second anniversary as the academic program assistant in the school's Division of Part-time Graduate Programs, had been killed in a head-on car crash on his way to work. Shortly after his funeral, friends and colleagues began to discuss ways to establish in his memory a fitting tribute on campus. Elke Franke, the program director and Ostrowski's supervisor, suggested a "Chris tree." On Friday, Nov. 17, a young oak and a plaque were dedicated at the northeast corner of Mergenthaler Hall. "This tree reminds us of who Chris was and that he is still growing," Franke said at the early morning ceremony, which attracted more than 50 people, including his parents. Carol Burke, associate dean for academic affairs, remembered Ostrowski as a tireless worker who had incredible patience, tremendous generosity and a lively spirit. Ed Warfield, former director of Homewood's personnel office--where Ostrowski's mother, Joan, has worked for six and a half years--hoped that the tree will bring them comfort as it blossoms and grows tall and strong.
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