The class notes in my winter edition of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly listed the happy news of Maria's birth and the sad news that a '98 graduate Roselle Hoffmaster died on Sept. 21, 2007 while serving as a surgeon and U.S. Army captain in Iraq.
Roselle died of noncombat-related injuries in Kirkuk just two weeks after beginning service in Iraq. Roselle volunteered to start her tour of duty earlier than required in order to spare few doctors in her medical corps who were parents of young children. She is the 90th female solider to die in Iraq since the war began and the first from my women's college. She leaves behind her husband and her parents.
Please pray for the peaceful repose of Dr. Hoffmaster's soul and for her family to find comfort and peace during this first Christmas season without her.