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PLU hosts celebration of life to honor Tom Pfeifle

PLU hosts celebration of life to honor Tom Pfeifle

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Tom Pfeifle runs a race at PLU

Image: Tom Pfeifle died Aug. 29 just before coming back to PLU for his sophomore year. A celebration of life will be held in Lagerquist Concert Hall on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. (Photo courtesy of PLU Athletics)

September 14, 2016
By Kari Plog '11
PLU Marketing & Communications

TACOMA, WASH. (Sept. 14, 2016)- Pacific Lutheran University will host a celebration of life for Tom Pfeifle on Sept. 22 in Lagerquist Concert Hall at 6 p.m.

Pfeifle died Aug. 29, just before he planned to return to PLU for his sophomore year.

Following the news, President Thomas W. Krise asked the entire Lute community to join him in remembering Pfeifle’s vigor, spontaneity, leadership and hopes for the future. The celebration of life next week will provide an outlet for all Lutes to remember those qualities and more.

The ceremony is one of many ways the campus community is honoring Pfeifle, who was an active member of Outdoor Recreation, as well as the cross country and track and field teams. A memory wall is on display in Olson, and will eventually make its way to the Anderson University Center, for Lutes to share memories of Pfeifle.

Jane Pfeifle wrote a beautiful tribute to her son for The Mast, PLU’s student newspaper.

And members of student media created a Tumblr to collect memories electronically. They also plan to join ASPLU, Campus Ministry and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to create a multimedia memorial project.

Tom Pfeifle
Tom Pfeifle