Meredith College Holds Memorial for Student Vicky Pivitsiripakde

Meredith College held a memorial service on January 22, 2015, for student Voralak “Vicky” Pivitsiripakde,’15, who passed away on December 27 after a brief illness.

Family members joined Meredith students, administrators, faculty, and staff for the memorial, which was held in Jones Chapel and officiated by Meredith Chaplain Stacy Pardue.

Vicky Pivitsiripakde was “a wonderful student, a curious and smart young woman,” said Meredith President Jo Allen. “We have lost a bright light, a good friend, and a woman of potential who would have taken on the world with depth and intelligence.”

Pivitsiripakde was earning a major in chemistry and a minor in English. She participated in Meredith’s Undergraduate Research Program and served as a teaching assistant in chemistry lab courses. In recognition of Pivitsiripakde’s love of science, her family started a memorial fund to support undergraduate research opportunities at Meredith.

Pivitsiripakde once wrote that she defined success as the ability to contribute to the lives of others. The remembrances shared made it clear that she had done just that at Meredith.

Friends and family shared memories of Pivitsiripakde, recalling her near-constant smile, positive energy, and ability to find the best in any situation as well as her love of both chemistry and poetry.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sasha Ormond spoke on behalf of Meredith’s chemistry faculty.

“Vicky was an intelligent thinker in and out of class, [and] a top student who was kind and helpful to others,” Ormond said. “We have all benefitted because she was part of the Meredith community.”

In addition to the memorial service, a candle lighting remembrance was held for Pivitsiripakde on January 22, as part of the closing reception for an art exhibition featuring artwork by Hospice Chaplain Eric Raddatz. The Class of 2015 made commemorative ribbons for community members to wear on the day of the memorial as a show of support. A memory book was also compiled for the family.

Melyssa Allen

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