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Finnegan Remembered In Service Tomorrow

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Editor in Chief

A memorial service for Kristen E.Finnegan, a graduate student in the Department of Architecture, will be held tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

The memorial service will take place in the Kresge Little Theater, and will be followed by a reception in Ashdown House.

Finnegan, 29, died unexpectedly on June 25 in Cambridge of a heart condition.

Finnegan was a doctoral student studying the history, theory, and criticism of art and architecture. This semester, she was to have traveled to Germany to continue her study of the role of technology and engineering in art and industry in the early modern period in Germany.

Finnegan worked in the Program in Writing as a teaching fellow. She was a "natural teacher" who "just loved getting students excited about writing," said Leslie C. Perelman, assistant dean and coordinator for the writing requirement.

On her teaching evaluations, students felt that "she made potentially boring material fun and interesting,"Perelman said.

"She had a really nice manner regardless of what she was doing or who she was working with; students loved her,"said Andrea J. Publow, who worked in the Program in Writing with Finnegan.

"She was very driven in an understated sort of way."

Dean of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs Rosalind H. Williams, who previously worked in the Program in Writing, will speak at the service.

"We were lucky to have her as a graduate teaching fellow,"Williams said. Finnegan was "delightful and charming without working at it."

"We miss her terribly as a person as much as as a teacher."

Finnegan earned bachelor's and master's degrees in the history of architecture from Cornell University and a professional degree in architecture from Harvard University before entering the doctoral program at MIT.

An award for students in the history of architecture will be established in Finnegan's name.

She is survived by her parents, Lawrence and Corinne of Durham, N.C., and a brother.