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Rugby team mourns Andrew Pochter ’15

Rugby team mourns Andrew Pochter ’15

By Staff

Andrew Pochter ’15 died during mob violence in Egypt this past June. Two months later, 60 of his close friends and teammates walked down the hill to the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) to celebrate his life.

The men’s rugby team, of which Pochter was a member, hosted the memorial. Colin Finnegan ’15 roomed with Pochter during his sophomore year at Kenyon. Finnegan remembered meeting Pochter at the ice cream social during First-Year Orientation. “I feel like I just talked at him about [rugby] for a while and I’m thinking, you don’t have to flatter me; I met a ton of people today and I’m sure I’ll never talk to you again, but lo and behold on Monday when rugby started he was there,” Finnegan said.

At the memorial, attendees sat around the bonfire and one by one stood and shared their favorite memory of Pochter. “Talking about Andrew and thinking about Andrew, it was emotional, but it was a happy time. It was something that we all enjoyed doing,” Finnegan said.

For those who missed the rugby team’s memorial, there will be a campus-wide event remembering Pochter in the Church of the Holy Spirit on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. Finnegan hopes these memorials will provide some closure for students. “Everyone needs to move on in their own way. I know Andrew would have wanted that.”

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