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Obituary for Aparna Kanneganti ’01

Aparna Kanneganti ’01, died on January 8, 2006 after a nine month battle with cancer.  She was 26 years old.

At Bryn Mawr, Aparna was a Math major and in the Pre-Med program. She was a board member of SAW (1998-1999) and BACaSO (1998-2001). She was involved in all the culture shows on campus, performing dances and running the AV equipment for the shows, organizing and helping with rehearsals. She was known for dragging people to meetings and events, unwillingly at first, and getting them involved in whatever she was doing. Aparna worked for dining services during her four years and during the summers, as well as for the AV office and other offices on campus. After graduation, she was accepted to the Temple Dental School in Philadelphia, entering in the fall of 2001. Aparna was due to graduate in the summer of 2005.

In April of 2005, Aparna was diagnosed with cancer. She spent most of the next nine months living with family in Maryland. She was treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center and passed away there surrounded by family and friends.  Throughout her ordeal, Aparna's strength of character and her genuine concern for everyone around her was always present.  She remained true to herself and to her friends and family who often looked to her for support.

At her funeral on January 10, friends and family all spoke of her strength and her ability and desire to befriend everyone she met. Among the most poignant comments were those from a family friend who had met her once for 15 minutes when she was younger. He spoke of the impression she had made on him even in such a short time.

The room in the chapel overflowed into the hallway with all of her friends and family. Family from as far away as India, friends from her childhood in Jamaica, as well as many Mawrtyrs and friends from Temple Dental were present. Many commented afterward that Aparna would have been happy to have seen all the friends who showed up. For the girl who threw so many parties, it was a fitting celebration of her life.

Aparna is survived by her parents and her sister, Radha, in Jamaica, her grandmother in New York, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and sisters from Bryn Mawr.

 

 

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