Andrea Graven, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, died suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 16, from an allergic reaction.

“I can only imagine the grief and heartache that Andrea’s family and friends must be feeling today,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “Her death is shocking and terribly, terribly sad. It is an awful blow to lose someone just coming into her own as an adult. The entire Fordham community prays for Andrea, and for her family and friends.”

Graven was at home in Virginia on Tuesday, Jan. 12, when she had the allergic reaction. Though she was rushed to the hospital immediately, Graven lapsed into anaphylactic shock from which she never recovered. She is survived by her parents, Hans and Phang Graven, and sisters Christina and Julia Graven.

Student Affairs staff have been reaching out to Graven’s classmates, and will make counseling available to any students who request it. Students should feel free to contact the Counseling Center at (718) 817-3725; Campus Ministry (718) 817-4500; Residential Life (718) 817-3080, or simply contact a resident assistant or resident director to request assistance or to talk. Faculty and staff should contact Christopher Rodgers, dean of students at Rose Hill, with any concerns about students.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Jefferson Funeral Home
5755 Castlewellan Dr.
Alexandria, Va. 22315

Funeral Mass
Friday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.
St. Raymond of Peñafort
8750 Pohick Rd.
Springfield, Va.  22153

Fordham will make transportation available for the funeral, departing from the Rose Hill campus at 5 a.m. on Friday and returning in the evening. All students are welcome, but they must make a reservation with Gil Severiano in Campus Ministry: [email protected], (718) 817-4500.  Students may also reserve a seat in the Campus Ministry office, McGinley Center, first floor.
Reservations for transportation must be made today, Wednesday, Jan. 20, by 5 p.m.

Letters of condolence may be sent to the Graven family at:
Hans and Phang Graven
Christina and Julia Graven
8920 Swift Creek Rd.
Fairfax Station, Va.  22039-2817


Bob Howe | Senior Director of Communications Office (212) 636-6538 | Mobile (646) 228-4375