Celebrating the life of Courtney Wilson
Celebrating the life of Courtney Wilson

Celebrating Courtney

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Ford Commons, main floor, Dana Building

Sept. 10, 2013

Courtney Wilson, a 2013 graduate of SNRE’s master’s program and a current doctoral student, died Monday, September 9 at 1:50 pm due to a catastrophic series of neurological events. She was 27.

The School of Natural Resources & Environment community led a campus-wide event Wednesday, September 11, at noon in the Ford Commons on the first floor of the Dana Building to celebrate Courtney’s life.

Courtney’s parents, Dick and Bonnie Wilson, joined the SNRE community for the event.




Comments

Kevin Merrill

I worked with Courtney last year in setting up the Student Government blog on the school's website. She was always prepared and energetic and appreciative at every turn. I will miss her.

Dave Brenner

I loved running into Courtney in the hallway. Her smile and personality lit up the world and I always walked away feeling better about my day. She was a true pleasure to be around and will be missed dearly.
SNRE Student

This is such sad news. She was an awesome and loving person.

Marisol Becerra

Courtney and I kept each other company at the Clark Map Library this summer. We were both working on our theses. I will never forget her beautiful smile and our daily exchanges of theses progress updates and encouragement. I will miss her. May she continue playing with the satellites and remote sensing in heaven.

SSC

Courtney was one of the only people to show up at an early-morning 6AM Bird Walk up at the biostation a few weeks back. Even though it was still dark out and most people were still sleeping, she was eager to enjoy the fresh morning air, quietude, and the chance to see the sun rise over the lake. Her positivity turned our birdless walk in the dark into a very special and meaningful memory. Her positivity made an impression on me and I will never forget it. She reminded me that there is still so much to see and treasure even when it's cold and dark and everybody else is still sleeping. Thank you, Courtney, and Courtney's family, for that gift.

Katie Grzesiak

Courtney was one of my first students as a GSI at SNRE, and she made it fun. She asked great questions and was upbeat even through tricky labs and enthusiastic with fellow students. When she became a GSI (so quickly, to no one's surprise!) it was awesome trading teaching secrets with her in the office and high-fives in the hallway.

Hugo Merces

Quando Courtney veio ao Brasil ficamos amigos porque trabalhavamos juntos no Imazon. Em poucos dias nos tornamos bons amigos. Ela era uma pessoa incrível, gentil e bem humorada. Meus amigos e eu compartilhamos com ela momentos muito felizes. Que sua memória siga viva no coração de todos que a conheceram!

Pamela Barclay

Courtney was one of the first people that I met at SNRE. Her contagious smile and willingness to lend an ear will be what I always remember! She was genuinely invested in the world, and people, around her...a lesson we can all learn from.

Arturo Huesca-Santos

A tragic loss, I am shocked to know about this. My deepest condolences to her family and closest friends. I will remember your kindness, humanity and the way you taught GIS lab. Definitely you were a very charismatic, intelligent and strong woman, not to mention you were a very good person and a friendly classmate. A tragedy for all and a deep loss for our SNRE community. Descansa en paz (RIP) querida Courtney, tu recuerdo quedará en nosotros y así seguirás viva.

Liting

The first time I met with Courtney is in SNRE Orientation, will never forget her shining eyes and smiling face. In the following year, she become the GSI for GIS, I bet most students are deeply impressed by her patience and good personality. It is truly unforgettable experience to study with her and she will be missed.

Xiaoshen Yin

I cannot believe it when I got the bad news. I took the same class "Ethics in Research" with her last semester. Her smile, her great points, her enthusiasm... It seems to me that all of them just happened yesterday. I am proud of her and her family due to their decisions in organ donation and autopsy. Hope all is well with her.

I met Courtney when I served on the Advisory Board of her Crossing Boundaries project at HWS College in New York, and we have kept in touch ever since about All Things Environment, Geography, Remote Sensing, and GIS. I was on campus last year and we walked at the Arboretum:
My video of what we saw that morning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIfNg4BlP28

I'll never forget her shining face as we parted at the AAG this year in Los Angeles: Always eager to be learning more.

The angels can confer her doctorate now in Heaven.

Parker Anderson

I remember Courtney as always having a smile. She was a dedicated member and ambassador of the SNRE community and made not only our school, but the world a better place. Intelligent, positive, and an excellent tailgater, Courtney was a phenomenal SNREd and will be greatly missed. A hui hou.

Seta Chorbajian

I met Courtney before either of us decided to attend SNRE. We had both been visiting for the admitted students open house. I was really happy to see that she had decided to join the program and for the next two years, we often ran into each other, shared a stress-induced sigh, and a hearty laugh, knowing we would get through the challenges and uncertainty of grad school. She was such a thoughtful person and always easy to talk to. It sent chills up my spine to read this sad news. I wish her family and close friends peace and wellness during the healing process and I am so sorry for y(our) loss.

Amintas Brandao Jr.

Tive a oportunidade de conhecer e trabalhar com a Courtney durante o seu estagio no Imazon (Brasil). Para mim foi uma surpresa e uma imensa tristeza saber do seu falecimento prematuro. Meus sentimentos aos familiares.

Samantha Wolf

I was deeply saddened to hear of Courtney's passing earlier this week. She and I shared a GIS class together (Natural Resource Applications in GIS) where we chatted and asked questions. She always seemed so knowledgeable and sweet and genuine. Courtney and her work was a valuable contribution to SNRE and the environmental science community. I extend my heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. Courtney, you will be missed.

Samantha Wolf

I was deeply saddened to hear of Courtney's passing earlier this week. She and I shared a GIS class together (Natural Resource Applications in GIS) where we chatted and asked questions. She always seemed so knowledgeable and sweet and genuine. Courtney and her work was a valuable contribution to SNRE and the environmental science community. I extend my heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. Courtney, you will be missed.

Emily

Courtney's parents,
I am so saddened for your loss of Courtney. She touched so many lives and made such a difference in her 27 years. I hope you, the rest of her family, and all of her friends can find the peace and support you need in this time.

I'm sorry to hear this terrible news. People like Courtney make me feel reassured knowing that there are such dedicated, focused, talented, and determined individuals working to make the world a better place. My heart goes out to her family and friends, and everyone affected by her death.

Brenda Brito

I'm deeply sorry to hear about what happened to Courtney. I had the chance to work with her when she went to Brazil, in the Amazon, for an internship at Imazon. She was extremely hardworking, kind and friendly and she made lots of friends there. May she rest in peace.

Ellen Shieh

I wish I was more eloquent when I got up to share my thoughts about Courtney, so I want to add a little bit more to the story I started to share about the time Courtney and I compared drivers licenses:

It was only a few weeks into school our first year at SNRE, and we were already spending every hour outside of class together. One night after spending an entire day working on 509 lab, we compared our California drivers licenses and saw that we were both organ donors. I remember pointing that out to her and saying "Hey! You're an organ donor! That means you're a good person." Courtney responded with her trademark laugh and smile and went on to say that when her time comes she didn't want to be selfish and hold on to parts of her that could give someone a chance to live.

The three things I hope people remember Courtney by are: her love of learning, her brilliant smile, and her warm generosity. I will miss Courtney everyday for the rest of my life, but I will stay strong and keep her in my thoughts and in my heart while I continue Courtney's legacy in making this world a better place.

Susan Karp

I only met Courtney once, when I recently "babysat" her beloved colony of feral cats. But that one hour or less that I spent with Courtney was enough to show me what a wonderful, compassionate young woman she was. The world has certainly lost a passionate, kind hearted person.