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Dear Rice community members,

It is with profound sadness that I must inform you that alumna Diane Berry Caves (Baker ’00) is among those who died in the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. As I shared in an earlier note, she was in Port-au-Prince on a three-week assignment for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in support of the United States' global HIV awareness and prevention efforts there when the earthquake struck.

Diane and her husband Jeff (Will Rice '00) had been active in their local Rice community in Atlanta and, on behalf of everyone at Rice, Ping and I want to express our deepest sympathies to Jeff, Diane's brother David Berry (Baker '05) and her entire family and friends.

With a double major in policy studies and French studies, Diane had selected a career path of service to others. Diane's life serves as a shining example of a Rice degree put to great effect, and we are saddened that it ended too soon.  But, as her friend Sumona Pramanik (Jones ’00) told us, Diane had an active and meaningful life and will live on through our memories.

Today's Rice News will have this story, which shares more information about Diane and the wonderful work she was doing.

Again, I encourage the Rice community to continue to keep the people of Haiti and others affected by the earthquake in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 


David W. Leebron