On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 at 2:03 p.m. EST, the Syracuse University community gathered virtually for the annual Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Service. The service, hosted by the Dean and Chaplains of Hendricks Chapel, honored the 270 people, including 35 Syracuse University study abroad students, who were killed when Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland on that date and time 32 years ago. Chancellor Kent Syverud, Dean Brian Konkol, Chaplains, Remembrance Scholars, and current and former Lockerbie Scholars offered prayers, reflections, and a reading of the names of the 35 students who were lost that day.

Remembrances for the 2020 Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Service

The following remembrances were submitted by members of the Syracuse University and Lockerbie, Scotland communities, and family and friends of the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in advance of the 2020 annual memorial service hosted virtually by Hendricks Chapel on Dec. 21.

“I was a Lockerbie Scholar from 2000-01.” – Stephen Armstrong

“I represented Nicholas Andreas Vrenios for the Class of 2012, and I still think of him and the legacy of this program frequently. This program made my senior year possible, as well as being an incredibly meaningful time for reflection and kindness. Thank you to everyone who continues to be involved.” – Kelly Baug ’12

Still miss you, brother-in-law Greg Kosmowski, every Christmas….” – Kathleen Belke

Last year on this day I had the words, “Eternally Optimistic” tattooed on my arm in memory of Mark Lawrence Tobin. ‘So long as we live, they too shall live for they are now a part of us as we remember them.'” – Julie Bengis ’16

“Stephen John Boland is missed everyday by many family and friends. Steve was a 20 year old junior coming home from a fantastic semester in London. I am so glad you had that opportunity to follow your dream.” – Jane Boland

“I was part of the civilian Mountain Rescue response from the North of England, and I worked with all the other Emergency Services over a number of days.” – Chris Booth

Thank you to all who worked to put together this year’s memorial. Thank you for allowing us to mourn the victims of the tragedy.” – Isaiah Brooks ’21

“I would like to remember Jason Coker, who had been my student.” – Patricia Burak G’96

I was a Remembrance Scholar in 2012-2013. The experience of representing Louise Ann “Luanne” Rogers is one I reflect on often. She and the 269 other people that we lost in December 1988 live on in my heart. I am grateful to be connected to all past and future Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars.” – Natascha Buswell ’13

“I was on the DIPA program for 2 semesters in London from September 1976 – May 1977; the same program these students were on. This tragedy cut all these students’ lives too short. Every time I see the memorial, I think that could have been me.” – Deborah Cauley ’78

For Alexander Lowenstein, may you continue to be the sunshine.” – Tori Cedar ’18

“I recently watched the documentary “Seat 20D” and was deeply moved by it.” – Michele Combs

“It was an honor to serve as a 2017-2018 Remembrance Scholar, representing Miriam Wolfe. I continue to look back and act forward in their memory each and every day in my current job, building intercultural understanding via exchange programs, and through my continued love of the arts (and theatre, in particular). To honor the legacy of PanAm103 victims, their families, and all who continue to work for justice, I will continue my pursuit of a career as a diplomat, and I hope to both build cultural understanding with adversaries and take care to support American families who have lost loved ones overseas.” – Katherine Conti ’18

“I was a Lockerbie Scholar 1996-97. I will be attending from Lockerbie. We will hold our own Remembrance on Friday 18th December, last day of our school term.” – Kerry Currie

“Remembering my friend, Shannon Davis, and all those we lost that day. The memories of our friends live forever in our hearts.” – Denise Duggan-Scharr ’89, G’87

“I finally got to go to Lockerbie in June 2019. The trip was so cathartic and moving that I have written a theatrical piece about it that will (likely) be livestreamed in 2021. Much love to all.” – Amy Engelhardt ’87

My thoughts are with my husband, Tony Hawkins, the father of our son, Alan Lacey Richard Hawkins.” – Helen Engelhardt

Remembering my fraternity brother Gary Colasanti. He was a wonderful young man and very much missed.” – Mike Farney ’90

“Rest in Peace my fellow Orangemen and women. You have not nor will not ever be forgotten. God Bless you.” – Jeffrey Fischer ’83

“In remembrance of Colleen Brunner and Lynne Hartunian.” – M. Fitzgerald

“In loving memory of our 22 year old daughter, Amy Beth Gallagher. You were the joy of our lives, and we love you and miss you so very much.” – Betty Gallagher

Cindy Smith was my DPhiE pledge sister. I miss her beautiful smile and easy nature. As a parent of an SU sophomore who hopes to study abroad in London, I can only imagine the unimaginable and indescribable pain Cindy’s parents must have felt when their beloved daughter didn’t come home on December 21, 1988. May Cindy’s memory forever be for a blessing.” – Jennifer Gartenberg ’91

I was 16 when this happened. My mom was very affected by this and didn’t want me to go to college too far away. My parents took us to games at Archbold Stadium, and the Dome. SU has always been a big part of our lives. This is such a sad day.” – Patrice Granger

“Remembering my dear friends, Lynne Hartunian and Colleen Brunner” – Janette Hausler

As a former semester abroad student, my heart breaks for this terrible loss. Always remembered, never forgotten.” – Mary Hayes ’73

“Amy will always be in my heart. She is in the music I hear and the light of the day. She had a bouncy spirit and her smile and laugh still warms my heart. I remember childhood play dates, tea parties with apple juice, hanging out in our cars in high school and leaning on one another in college. She loved photography and poetry! I miss you Amy!” – Michele Hennessy ’89

“I was a Remembrance Scholar at SU from 2006 to 2007, and it was an honor.” – David Hines ’07

Remembering Wendy Lincoln, for whom I represented during my senior year at SU and proudly continue to represent today. With love to her family.” – Jessica Kershaw ’07

Continued prayers for the family and friends of Kesha Weedon ~ From the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble of Syracuse University at Hendricks Chapel.” – Laurie Kingsberry ’82

“My London memories: working on class projects and planning future “socials” between our sorority/fraternity with Steve, playing football in Hyde Park, gaining confidence together in speech class, Ken helping me take my luggage to bus stop on Dec 20, missing friends so much that I hopped a bus to SU 8 hours after returning to the US – arriving on campus just after it happened, and the campus coming together to mourn.” – Cheryl Lasse ’90

Never forget our brother Gary Colasanti and all the other friends and family lost on that terrible day. Forever Orange!” – Andrew Lill ’90

It was sad day for us all. I will always remember Susan Cohen, my neighbor on Winding Ridge. – Azalia Lopez ’89

“R.I.P Noel George Martin & all Lockerbie victims. – Shama Martin

Remembering the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing while treasuring the friendships that have grown out of Remembrance.” – Lawrence Mason G’79

“Remembering Rick Monetti.” – Madeline Merwin ’19

“Miriam Luby Wolfe’s guideline for living, which her mother found in one of her London notebooks. “There are times when the ‘poor me’ mood is upon us; we’re overwhelmed by all the troubles we have to face. This is especially likely to happen when we have begun to try to change our thinking about ourselves and our relation to others. We may, at first, become too analytical and try to solve too much at once. For this frame of mind, there is an almost infallible prescription: to empty our minds of all thoughts but one today and how to use it. This day is mine. It is unique. Nobody in the world has one like it. It holds the sum of all my past experience and all my future potential.” (Her words are in Rosemary Mild’s memoir MIRIAM’S WORLD AND MINE.)” – Rosemary Mild

May peace and healing continue with remembering these young lives.” – Laurel Morton ’84

“I remember all the events as if they were yesterday. One of my sorority sisters changed her flight, and we all sat and watched the tragedy unfold on our television screen during finals. I will never forget those lost in that tragic event.” – Pamela Mulligan ’89

“Let it be for SJB.” – Molly Murphy ’20

“In memory of Theo Cohen.” – Vickie Nason

I recall people flowed into Hendricks Chapel, and this stream of Syracusans filled the main floor, balcony, aisles, vestibule, and front steps. We stayed a long time in silence, except for the sound of sobbing. We had to be together as a community. For me, this came to embody what it meant to be at Syracuse: devoted to a cohesive community that cares about one another in ways well beyond role, rank, program of study, or organizations. At our best, we are a place of great courage and love.” – Cathryn Newton

“Just exactly one year earlier, I was an SU student returning from my studies abroad. I remember all that I was bringing back with me (memories, self-knowledge, a new world view, international friendships, etc. ) as well as my eagerness to return and share it all at SU. Each anniversary of this tragic event, I take a long pause, wishing that my fellow students could have returned safely to their best lives that were undoubtedly still ahead to their friends and family that awaited them. My heart is fully with this group as I remember them with greatest respect again today.” – Marina Niznik ’88

In memory of all those lost, including my classmate, Patty Klein.” – Judith O’Rourke ’75, G’10

“My daughter, Jacqueline Page (2017-2018 Remembrance Scholar), is a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army.” – Janice Page

“Thinking of Kenneth Bissett and the rest of the victims impacted by the Pan Am 103 tragedy. We are with you, today and always.” – Kennedy Patlan ’18

“Taken, but not forgotten.” – Allison Patrick ’91, G’94

I was honored to be a 2007-08 Remembrance Scholar representing Julianne Kelly. I think of her and all of those lost often, but especially this time of year. The Lockerbie snow globe we Scholars received sits on my mantel and reminds me of the families and friends for whom this is an unimaginably difficult season in a life marred by the tragic loss of their loved one. We remember them. Always.” – Julianne Pepitone ’08

“1993 Remembrance Scholar: It was a great honor then. It’s also nice to see the Pan Am 103 students and their memories honored each and every year.” – Charlie Polka ’93

“My husband and I (both of us class of ’54) met in Hendricks Chapel and got married the day before graduation in Hendricks Chapel. We have supported the Lockerbie Scholars since its inception and any time we were at SU for reunions we stopped by the Memorial at the top of the steps leading up to what is now Arts and Sciences, and also in Hendricks Chapel at that Memorial.” – Carol Raff ’54

My husband and I met through both receiving the Remembrance Scholarship.” – Hannah Rafferty ’16

“I was an employee of the Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA), now Syracuse Abroad, when our students’ lives were cut short.” – Phyllis Raynor Surrett ’82

I was a senior at SU when the plane was bombed. I was shocked and so sad to learn that Turhan Ergin was on the flight. He was such a willing, patient volunteer for our TV advertising class when we had to produce a commercial every week to be graded on. He let us put him in a safari outfit and bush hat for a banana republic commercial, and even as Santa for a Syracuse University Bookstore spot. Always with the brightest smile and an unflappable, generous attitude. He was training to be an actor, and I have no doubt that today he would’ve been a star.” – Melissa Richards-Person ’89

“In Memory of Wendy Lincoln, member of Danceworks, and Steve Boland, Delta Tau Delta.” – Marie Roberts ’89

Remembering the children killed that night both in the air and town of Lockerbie.” – Janet Rogerson

I was a junior at SU and lost a dear friend. Karen Hunt and all of the victims’ memories will always live on as long as we always share, commemorate and remember them. Thank you, SU, for all that you do.” – Lisa Rose-Charlesworth ’90

“In memory of Scott Cory, Steven Berrell, Nicholas Vrenios and Gary Colasanti, my classmates and friends.” – William Rosenstadt ’90

Even during a global pandemic, the Syracuse community gathers to reflect on the 270 precious lives lost–including 35 students — aboard Pan Am 103. We will never forget them.” – Maria Russell G’72

“Grateful Alumnus of SU International Programs – Amsterdam, NL, Fall 1978, who flew home from London on Pan Am 15 years earlier with a group of other SU students. A truly life changing experience – Oh what the world missed with so many young, promising lives ended far too early!! RIP Pan Am Flight 103.” – Joseph Ryan ’80

“In loving memory of my sister, Diane Marie Rencevicz.” – Barbara Schwartz

Honoring my fellow classmates lost from Fall 1988 DIPA London program. Thank you for your friendship and kindness during our adventures abroad. You are gone, but never forgotten.” – Patricia Sezna ’89

My wife, Ardoth, and I visited Lockerbie in the fall 2015. We were in England visiting a friend, who like me, is an explosives expert. He was part of the UK forensic analysis team that studied remnants of the aircraft in pursuit of understanding what happened. Ardoth, from Oklahoma City, knows tragedy. We often visit the Oklahoma City Memorial. The two memorials touch our hearts and move me to tears. We had a wonderful conversation with the local docent. She told us how the Syracuse University Lockerbie Scholarships have influenced the lives of their local children. We were touched by the reports written by their Lockerbie students at the completion of their time in Syracuse. As Ardoth admired the quilt, she spotted a loose thread in the middle. Calling it to the attention of the docent, we left Lockerbie feeling we had contributed a piece of ourselves to a place etched in the heart of my alma mater.” – James Short ’68

“In memory of Alexander Lowenstein. A special soul wrenched away from us.” – Matt Shridhar

“I remember the day so well, where I was, who told me, and how I worried about one of our work-study students who had been in London for the semester until a couple days later I learned she was not on that flight. It was a very different time; a traumatic time for our university, many families, students, faculty and employees.” – Margaret Stearns ’05

May all of the families find comfort in knowing that their students are not forgotten. We will always remember and cherish those lost.” – Gary Steinberg ’88

“Memorializing the 35 students among all the 270, including my husband Elia Stratis, lost in this terrorist bombing. We remember them and will continue to say their names so they will never be forgotten.” – Mary Stratis

I’m a Pan Am Museum Foundation Advisor, Maxwell School Lecturer for Professor Murrett and my daughter attended Syracuse.” – William Studeman ’62

Syracuse University’s commitment to remembering the tragedy of Pan Am 103 is one of its most powerful public statements on any issue. It is a honor for Jean and me to be associated with its continuing message of hope for progress in ending the horrible scourge of terrorism.” – Dick Thompson G’67, H’15

“I will be praying for the families of those who lost a loved one during this memorial.” – Stephen Thompson G’94

In memory of Alexia Tsairis: ‘We are fortunate that in our mind’s eye, we always see those whose voices we no longer hear…'” – Aphrodite Tsairis

“The honor to be a Remembrance Scholar instills in one to carry on and achieve the best in the world. Also to inform citizens that these young students carried a message of hope for the future. They will not be forgotten.” – Kathaleen Underwood ’95

My daughter, Miriam, was vibrant, full of joy and love. She was caring and went out of her way to help people in need. She was a talented musician, actress and writer. The drama program was her passion. Writing and exploring the world was her soul.” – James Wolfe

I went to school with two of the victims who were members of the class of 1990 at the University of Rochester. I have been a lawyer for many of the families since 1993. I will never leave or forget this family.” – Mark Zaid

“I was a member of SU’s London art faculty in 1987, the year before the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 that so tragically took the lives of 35 Syracuse University students who were on their way home from their study abroad programs. There are so many reasons why we yearn to explore and learn from other cultures, and during my years of teaching abroad in London and Florence, I was fortunate to see the faces of the curious and inquisitive students who shared that yearning. Their eyes were open and full of hope and enthusiasm. The curious and inquisitive faces of those students lost on Pam Am Flight 103 will never be forgotten and will continue to be honored with profound sadness by the Syracuse University community.” – Stephen Zaima