The College community lost one of its young Graduate Institute alums, Anjali Pai. Ms. Pai was in a car accident on March 29 and passed away on March 30. Her funeral was held on April 4 in Plano, Texas.
Anjali completed the Liberal Arts program in December 2007, and those of you who knew her will remember her bright personality and love for education. She was born in Ottawa, Canada and attended Lake Forest College (BA, 2004) and the University of Toronto (MA, 2006), where she focused on the study of music. While in Santa Fe, Anjali worked as a tutor for at-risk Santa Fe teens as part of the AVID program, tutored at Santa Fe Community College, and substituted at Santa Fe Prep.
We would like to invite you to attend a community memorial gathering for Ms. Anjali Pai on Saturday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the Junior Common Room at St. John's College. This will be a fine occasion to share individual memories of Anjali and her deep impact on the lives of those who knew her.
The Anjali Pai Memorial Fund has been established to provide annual funding to a graduate student who plans to become an educator and hopes to make a serious positive difference in the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. To contribute to the Anjali Pai Memorial Fund, please click here and state in the text field that the gift is for the Anjali Pai Memorial Fund. For further questions about ways to give to this fund, please contact Penelope Bielagus at 505-984-6113 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students of Anjali Pai’s 8th grade class at Capshaw Middle School in Santa Fe organized a fund raiser in her memory. The funds raised were split between a gift to the Anjali Pai Memorial Fund at St. John's College and a gift to St. Jude's Hospital in her name. In addition to supporting these causes, her students planted a tree at their school in her memory. One of Ms. Pai’s students wrote a memoir about her passing. You can read it here.