Oct. 7, 2004
The Brown University community is deeply saddened by the sudden death this week of Keir Marticke '06, who was studying abroad this semester at the University of New South Wales in Australia. She was traveling with friends in Vietnam while on Spring Semester break, and apparently died in her sleep during the night.
Marticke, a member of the Brown women's lacrosse team, played two games for the Bears in 2004 after missing the entire 2003 season due to injury. She was a neuroscience concentrator at Brown.
"The women's lacrosse team, the athletic department and the Brown community would like to express our deepest sympathy and extreme support to Keir's family, friends and loved ones," said Brown women's lacrosse coach Keely McDonald. "Having just started at Brown, I didn't have the opportunity to know Keir. But from our team and the stories they've told, I'm beginning to understand that Keir was an incredible young woman filled with passion and intellect. Her amazing spirit and enthusiasm for life will continue to inspire our team and the entire Brown community."
The Brown women's lacrosse seniors - Sarah Passano, Julia Southard, Kierstan Carlson, and Kenley Bradstreet - had this to say on behalf of the entire women's lacrosse team. "Keir Marticke was an amazing friend and teammate who was quintessentially Brunonian. We cannot possibly say enough about how positively she affected those around her and how exuberant she was about life, but we can confidently say that she has left a lasting impression on all who knew her. We love her and we'll miss her."
A resident of Sewickley Heights, PA, Marticke attended Western Reserve Academy (Hudson, OH) before coming to Brown, where she was a three-sport athlete, senior class Salutatorian and a National Merit Finalist. She was a two-time Academic All-American, lacrosse team captain, and a first team Private School League selection.
A memorial service is planned for October 24 at 1:00 p.m. at Keir's high school, Western Reserve Academy, in Hudson, Ohio.
Marticke is survived by her parents, Roger and Janet, and her two brothers, Drew and Trevor.
The chaplain's office at Brown is planning a memorial service for the Brown community at a future date.