Our Far-Flung Alumni: Amy Van Meter (’89)

November 12, 2010

I didn’t ever get to meet her in person, but we lost a terrific Earlham alumna recently, Amy Van Meter, who graduated in 1989.  She passed away on October 21.  Tomorrow (November 13) at 3 p.m., there will be a celebration of her life at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street in Santa Barbara, California.

The notice in the Santa Barbara Independent called her a “mediator, social activist and a creative writer.”  Sounds like an Earlhamite.

The notice goes on to say, “And yet, we do not remember Amy in terms of her fight with MS, because that was not how we knew her. She loved to sing, laugh, and examine the questions of life. Anyone who knew her was touched by her smile, positive energy, and kindness. Amy focused on and reveled in her profession, her creative writing, her advocacy, and her conversations with friends and family. She was outspoken not only on creating better access for people with disabilities and finding a cure for MS; she also fought for positive social change and against discrimination and injustice as a co-chair for the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Grant-Making Committee. She participated and volunteered at Hearts Adaptive Riding. She loved going to the movies, attending parades, and listening to This American Life, and she knew every episode of The West Wing by heart.”

Fight, Fight, Inner Light:  Amy gathered sticks, heaped them on the fire, and left it burning even higher.

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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