Kenyon College Student Remembered As Having Passion For Middle East
A very somber day on the campus of Kenyon College as students and faculty learn of the tragic death of Andrew Pochter, 21. The profound believer in Middle East peace recently accepted an internship opportunity with AMIDEAST, an American nonprofit organization that runs education and development programs overseas.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, traveling with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Middle East, says Pochter was killed Friday in Alexandria, Egypt. Pochter's family says he was teaching English to young children and improving his Arabic in Eqypt with the hopes of eventually living and working to pursue peace efforts there.
They were ideas his mentors say he fostered as a student at Kenyon College.
"He basically wanted the underdog to have a voice, those who might have been harmed or might not have a chance like others, those are the folks that Andrew cared about and wanted to help," said Marc Bragin, the Jewish Chaplain on campus.
Pochter was stabbed to death while witnessing Egypt's political turmoil.
The Religious Studies major was passionate about helping others and believed in getting involved. "Andrew really put two feet forward and tried to make the world a better place for people," said Marne Ausec, the Director of The Center for Global Engagement on campus.
Pochter's family who lives in Maryland asked for privacy during this difficult time. Meantime, the Kenyon community is remembering him with quiet respect. His mentors say his legacy will live on in Gambier.
"We have to work hard to continue to be inclusive and carry Andrew's voice and to make sure it continues to be heard," said Bragin. Pochter was scheduled to begin his junior year at Kenyon College was planning another internship in Jordan in the spring of 2014.