Marietta College Mourns Two

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Marietta College is mourning the loss of two graduates.

The first was killed while trying to promote democracy in Iraq.

Andrea Parhamovich was killed Wednesday in a convoy attack in Baghdad. Parhamovich was a resident of Perry, Ohio, and was a 2000 graduate of Marietta College.

The 28-year0old was a staffer for the National Democratic Institute, helping to promote democracy and aiding families affected by the war.

"In that role we don't really think of them as being in danger as we do the military. It really sort of opens your eyes to what’s going on over there and even in a non-military capacity, she was still in a danger zone, and things can happen," Marietta College Spokesperson Tom Perry said.

Parhamovich's co-workers in Baghdad say they will remember her for tremendous integrity, personal strength and class.

An Al-Qaida linked coalition of Iraqi Sunni insurgents has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The second death was that of Charles McCoy, from the class of 1942. During his time at Marietta College, McCoy was a co-captain of both the basketball and football teams. McCoy served on the Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1994, and as a charter member of the Athletics Founders Board.

He also supported many projects financially, such as the Chuck W. McCoy Athletic Facility. McCoy died Wednesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 86 years old. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.