Mercer Community Mourns Death of Law Graduate Lauren Giddings

July 11, 2011

Hundreds of family and friends filled St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in downtown Macon on Saturday, July 9, 2011, for a memorial mass in honor of Lauren Giddings, a 2011 graduate of Mercer Law School. Her death at age 27 is the subject of an ongoing homicide investigation.

The memorial service concluded with words from recent law graduate Lucie Hartmann, law professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore, and University Minister Craig McMahan. Hartmann spoke of her classmate’s passion and love for life. “Anyone lucky enough to have known Lauren for a minute would know she lived her life to the fullest with no regrets…Lauren did not just exist, she lived, and she lived the type of life that was bursting with energy, with strength, with confidence, with purpose, and with passion."

Speaking as her teacher this past year in a public defender clinic, Professor Gerwig-Moore told those assembled, “We all liked her immediately because of her warmth and sense of fun, and just adored her as we got to know her… She was a gifted, humble woman who felt privileged to do work others shunned…. A brave soul, a servant to strangers and friends.” Gerwig-Moore closed by saying, "Though we don't want to face a world without her in it, we can learn from her brave example and love."

In a statement released to the press on July 1, Dean Gary Simson said, “Words cannot adequately express the grief and sorrow that the law school community feels in these tragic circumstances. Lauren graduated from the law school this past May after three years in which she distinguished herself in and out of the classroom. Among the student organizations in which she played a vital role were the Federalist Society, where she served as president, and the Association of Women Law Students. She came to Mercer after graduating from Agnes Scott College, where she was the epitome of the student-athlete, excelling in both regards. She demonstrated outstanding character and great promise, and our hearts go out to her family in Laurel, Md., and to her many friends there and elsewhere.”

If you would like to send the family a card or other expression of condolence, they ask that you please send it to their church in Maryland: St. Mary of the Mills Parish, 114 Saint Mary's Place, Laurel, MD 20707.

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