July 5, 2007
By Mary Reed
For the second time in less than a week, the Ohio University community has experienced the loss of an international student. Likondwa "Liko" Phiri, 25, a senior computer science major, died in a car accident Sunday night while on a visit to his home country of Zambia.
"He was very generous and always willing to help and just laughing," said Phiri's cousin, Musonda Kapatamoyo, who works in the President's Office for Diversity. Kapatamoyo added that Phiri loved Ohio University and his job as a resident assistant at Wray House on South Green.
"He just had this electric smile. He was absolutely wonderful," said Judy Piercy, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of residence life and off-campus living. "He was the first to help volunteer for anything."
The African Student Union and the Office of the Dean of Students are planning a memorial service for Phiri from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, July 13, in the Baker University Center Theatre. Kapatamoyo is collecting photos of Phiri for a DVD slideshow to be shown during the memorial and sent to Phiri's parents. If anyone has photos to contribute, they are asked to e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to the President's Office for Diversity in Research and Technology Center 307.
"We are saddened by the tragic loss of another bright and talented international student," said Krista McCallum Beatty, interim director of International Student and Faculty Services. She said her office is available to arrange counseling and support for friends and colleagues of Phiri. The office is located at Baker University Center 348.