Remembering Annalise

By Haley Lynch ’17

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In the wake of Hamilton student Annalise Curtis’s unexpected death last week, the Hamilton Community has come together in a variety of venues to celebrate and remember her life. On Wednesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m., the Chapel hosted a livestream of Curtis’ memorial which took place in her hometown. This allowed those who knew her on campus to join her family and friends in remembrance.

Meanwhile, a group of alumni including Kirsten Kampmeier ’16, Victoria Blumenfeld ’16, DK Lee ’16 and Emily Moschowits ’16 have organized an event they’re calling “An Afternoon for Annalise” to be held on campus this coming Saturday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to cooperative efforts from members of the Woollcott Co-op, where Curtis lived, and Physical Plant, the gathering will take place at the Hamilton College Community Farm.

Curtis spent last summer working on the farm, which operates as “a forum where knowledge of food and agriculture is intentionally cultivated to strengthen the relationship between the Hamilton Community and the land that supports us,” according to the farm’s website. Curtis’ friends have created a Facebook event to get the word out about the gathering on Saturday. They explain that the hope is to “reflect Annalise’s love of sunshine, little plants, and homemade pies by coming together to plant a border of flowers around the farm.”

The flowers will be provided by Physical Plant Grounds Manager Donald Croft, who was the farm manager last summer and knew Curtis from the time she spent there. Members of the “Co-op family” will be contributing home-made snacks for the occasion.

The farm is located behind the Ferguson Parking Lot. Anyone who knew Curtis is welcome to attend this gathering. 

The event organizers conclude their invitation stating, “We hope to bring all of Hamilton together on the farm to not only share the small things she loved, but also to share an afternoon with the people she loved being with.”

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