Friday, February 13, 2009

A Good Friend

What do write? How do I articulate my feelings? Less than 12 hours ago, I received shocking news that loyal friend had been a passenger on Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark to Buffalo. For unseen reasons at this point, each and every one of us, who had been befriended by Lorin Maurer, are questioning how someone so dear, lively, and august could be taken away from us in such an unpredictable minute.

Lorin was a go-getter in every stride. She pushed me as we shared a cubicle wall for some time during our intern years National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 2003-04. We had some unforgettable times in good Indy: running the Mini-Marathon, competing in the Corporate Challenges, and waiting for our fellow intern, Bobby, to phone us and let us know where the free food was in the office. She held up the “B” side of the department (Branding) and I, the “C” section (Communications).

After her NCAA days, Lorin ventured west to the Mountain West Conference in Colorado for a year, before taking a position at Princeton in their Development Office. No matter where she was, Lorin proved to all that she was a dedicated and dependable worker with unlimited smiles. Special warm hugs and sympathy goes out to Maurer family and her boyfriend, Kevin Kuwick.

There is no doubt that many people are mourning the loss of Lorin. Her presence lit up the room with high energy and enthusiasm. I know that the Intern Class of 2003-04 is especially being hit hard as we are a team, and now, one of members is not with us anymore. And just like anyone who has been a member of a team; a member is irreplaceable. Lorin touched many lives and her memories will live on, especially within me. Spasiba, Salamat, Mersi, Aprir, Shnorhakalutyun, Thank you, Lorin.

Life is precious, it really is. But often times it is too late before we recognize its true enormity, whether is it our lives, or another’s. It takes a loss for us to appreciate it even more. So today, I ask of you, is just give a hug to someone you love. Hug them like you have never hugged before, and be grateful for that anodyne embracement.


Meg said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this, Syd. You and all of Lorin's friends and family will be in my thoughts.

Wally Renfro said...

Syd, these are sad, sad times. I didn't know Lorin as well as I knew you, but I knew her well enough to ache for this loss.

Nicki said...

Syd, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like she really lived a lot in her 30 years - perhaps more than many do in 80. It doesn't make sense. You and Lorin's family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. She and all those lost in that terrible accident have been in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes all to all those who knew and loved them all.
God's peace to you all.
Mrs. Z