In a ceremony made more somber, perhaps, by its taking place on Sept. 11, students, faculty, staff and retirees from the UC Berkeley community known to have died during the past year were honored Wednesday afternoon at the 12th annual campus memorial service.
As it has every year since 2002, the campuswide memorial, held by the flagpole on the west side of California Hall, featured readings of the names of more than 50 campus-affiliated men and women, young and old, who have died over the past 12 months. Following opening remarks by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, the names of faculty and emeriti were read by chemistry professor Alexis Bell. Staff ombudsperson Sara Thacker read those of staff and staff retirees, and ASUC President DeeJay Pepito read those of students.
Musical interludes were woven through the hourlong service. University carillonist John Jeffrey Davis opened the memorial at noon with a brief “Campanile concert.” Alumna and Public Affairs staff member Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto played a piece on the koto, while choral music was performed by the student group Perfect Fifth. Marco Lindsey, of the Haas School of Business, recited a poem, “When I Die.”
Bagpiper Jeff Campbell — who, along with the name readers, was escorted by the UCPD Honor Guard, led by Sgt. Joey Williams — played “Going Home,” and closed the ceremony with “Amazing Grace.”
For the names of those honored at this year’s memorial, see Campus to commemorate those who died during 2012-13.
Click here to watch a video of the ceremony.