In remembrance: death of a student

25 October 2017 | From the VC's Desk

Dear colleagues and students

It saddens me to inform you that Ms Victoria Lisa Barry (22), a final-year Bachelor of Arts student, majoring in English and art history, died after a long illness on 14 April 2017. I only recently learnt of her passing and  apologise for the late notice about Ms Barry’s death. A memorial service will be held in Cape Town on Saturday, 11 November.

Ms Barry, known to her peers as Tori, began her studies at UCT in 2015. The family has informed us that she lost her right leg to cancer in 2014 and although her amputation and her illness added an extra challenge to her student life, she remained courageous and never let this interfere with her work or stop her from enjoying university life.

She has been described as an enthusiastic, friendly and diligent student who excelled academically. Testament to this was her placement on the Dean’s Merit list for 2015 and 2016, an invitation to join the Golden Key International Honour Society, and being one of the 20 Mandarin students selected to attend the class tour to China. She would have been among those honoured at the summer graduation ceremonies at the end of the year.

She is survived by her parents, Nicole and Chris, and her sisters, Natalie and Alexandra.

On behalf of the university community, I extend heartfelt condolences to Ms Barry’s family, friends and fellow students for their loss.

Sincerely

Dr Max Price
Vice-Chancellor


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