Bright, adventuresome, and beautiful, Lauren brought joy to all who knew her. Born July 10, 1983, she grew up in Burlington and graduated with high honors from The Master’s School, West Simsbury. There she enjoyed learning to speak Spanish, serving as captain of three varsity sports, and tutoring urban youth through the Learning and Serving Program. Four years later in 2005, she graduated Cum Laude from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, earning a B.A. in Spanish Studies and a B.A. in International Studies with an emphasis on intercultural communications. During a semester off from college, she enjoyed coaching the Lewis S. Mills boy’s junior varsity volleyball team.
A Dean’s List student, Lauren was a member of the Spanish and International Studies honor societies and recipient of the Pepperdine Service Award. While attending Pepperdine, she worked for the University International Programs and completed an internship at Amazon Conservation Team, Arlington, VA, translating contracts and researching rainforest conservation issues. At Universidad Catolica de Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina, she served as an intern for international students, interviewing host-stay families and translating packets for English-speaking international students.
Lauren especially enjoyed three study abroad programs. At Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, she studied Spanish language and Latin American history, literature and culture, and traveled through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil. While at Universidad de Antonio Nebrija, Madrid, Spain, she studied Spanish literature, politics and culture. At Universidad Veritas, San Jose, Costa Rica, she researched deforestation, tropical ecology, and national parks systems. She also visited Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
At the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, Lauren was hired to assist the Ministry of Education in facilitating culture and language exchange programs between the United States, Canada, and Spain. Through the Center of Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, VA, she worked with clients who were victims of violence.
Her interests and adventures include tutoring, backpacking, hiking, volleyball, snow and water-skiing, skydiving, international travel, and developing relationships with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. She loved instructing young children in early movement and gymnastics at the Tumble Bunny programs and Fit Kids Fun Camp, directed by her father David, a Farmington Public Schools teacher. As a “godmother” to Hartford youngsters Ly-Ly, age 3, and Nate, age 7, and financial supporter of Hoop-it-Up Basketball, Lauren enjoyed sharing her love and resources with others in order to bring honor and glory to God. The gifts that she has now left us include a longing for heaven and deeper spiritual walk.