The Franklin & Marshall College community gathered April 26 in New College House to celebrate the life of Elana Patrice Stein ’16, who passed away April 11 of cardiac arrest after being hospitalized at home in Potomac, Md., since early March with a severe infection.
More than 100 F&M students, faculty and professional staff members, including President Daniel R. Porterfield, attended her April 14 funeral at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Md. A sociology major at F&M, Elana was a member of New College House and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also performed with the college dance company.
In an email to the College community, Porterfield called Elana “a dynamic young woman who enjoyed every blessing except the gift of time.” He also extended his thanks to all who have taken the time to reflect upon the needs of Elana’s family for their “profound expressions of love,” and said that among the best ways to make some kind of meaning out of Elana’s untimely passing is “to treat each other with kindness and generosity.”
“That simple, mindful gesture can be a beautiful way to pay tribute to Elana,” he wrote.
The on-campus service was organized by Elana’s close friends and College Chaplain Rev. Susan Minasian. It allowed members of the F&M campus community and family and friends of the Stein family to honor Elana’s memory further through music, readings, words of remembrance and celebration by students, and a release of butterflies.