Thursday, January 22, 2009

Celebrating the life of Erica Murray '01 - Friday, January 30th, 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Hi Everyone,
Erica's alma mater, Occidental College will be hosting an event in Erica's honor on Friday, January 30th at Occidental College. This event is open to all of Erica's friends and family, regardless if they have any connection to Oxy. Please see the letter of invitation below for more details. If you would like to attend, please either respond via e-mail at or call the Alumni Office at 323-259-2601.

Hope to see many of you there!


Dear Alumni and Friends of Erica,
As many of you know, the Oxy family suffered a huge loss on December 4, 2008 when Erica Murray '01, former assistant director of alumni relations, passed away in Menlo Park. Because Erica's passing has touched so many in the Oxy community, and because there is so much to celebrate about her wonderful life, the Alumni Association will host a special Celebration of Life program for her. Please join us when we will come together to celebrate Erica's life and to give thanks for the many gifts that she was able to share with so many members of the Oxy family. Whether you knew Erica personally and counted her as a friend (and was there anyone she ever met who did not immediately consider her a friend?!) or only knew Erica through her blog ( or from the story in the alumni magazine, we hope that you can join us on Friday, January 30 in Keck Theater. We'll begin with a reception at 4:00 p.m. in the lobby and then, at 5:00 p.m., we'll move into the theater for a short program when we will celebrate Erica's life, share some happy memories and give thanks for the amazing life that she led. We have also made arrangements for the Oxy flag to be flown at half-mast on Friday in Erica's honor. So that we can plan properly, we'd be very grateful if you could please let us know by Tuesday, January 27 whether or not you plan to attend. Simply reply to this email message or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 323.259.2601. We'd also be grateful if you could please forward this email on to other people that would like to attend so that as many people as possible will know about it. We look forward to the possibility of seeing you on Friday, January 30 at Keck Theater.

With best wishes.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Fundraising for Erica's Documentary

Many people have asked me how they can help during this difficult time. Although I'm not sure there's much anyone can do in the way of easing the sadness, I will admit that everyone's support and love makes me so proud that even after Erica's death, she still manages to touch so many lives.

There is a family that lives in Sacramento, CA that was touched by Erica story without ever personally meeting her. They have decided to host the aforementioned fundraiser that will directly benefit the documentary that Naomi and Erica worked on together. Now, Naomi will continue the project to its fruition, but is asking for help from anyone who is able to donate to the cause.

Please click on the picture above to enlarge the text.
If you would like to donate, please visit:
Feel free to explore their blog at:

With so much love,