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SRU, SANDY LAKE
FAMILY PAY TRIBUTE TO ‘WALKING
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Leah
Cristine Furey was an ambitious young woman, a gifted pianist who
received early acceptance into Slippery Rock University’s
Music Therapy Program, only to die in June from complications of
pneumonia two months before the start of her freshman
SRU honored her
memory this week by awarding $2,250 in the first Leah Cristine
Furey Scholarship to Chad Foster of Carlton, a junior parks and
resource management major. Both graduated from Sandy Lake’s
Lakeview Area High School.
family supports the scholarship as a tribute to the 18-year-old
high spirit who exuded such a giving character.
was a walking angel,” her father said. “We just hope
this money will be used to remember Leah and what she stood
honors student in high school, Ms. Furey befriended everyone, her
parents said. She played the organ at church for many years.
Bible verses adorned her bedroom walls.
chose SRU because of its music therapy major, which prepares
graduates to use music to comfort the sick. SRU’s Nanette
Kaplan-Soloman, professor of music, recalled Ms. Furey’s
piano audition. She also played French horn.
“We were very impressed with her
abilities, and we were looking for her to become a shining star in
the department,” Kaplan-Soloman said. “It wasn’t
just her piano playing, she also had a great personally, real
vivacious. She was a delight.”
recalled her daughter’s work ethic. “She lived life to
the fullest, and her heart was so huge, so caring, so unselfish.
She was always helping people.”