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LOWELL - The University of Massachusetts Lowell has unveiled a student-designed model for a memorial commemorating the lives of members of the UMass Lowell community who perished in the 9-11 tragedy.
Titled Unity and created by art students Rebekah Hermans and Gail Milligan of Lowell and Janet Wittlinger of Boxford, the commemorative artwork will be a place for meditation and remembrance on the Riverwalk behind the residence halls on North Campus. The circular site will feature seating around a sculpted stone disc representing the months of the year, with a special indication of September in recognition of the tragedy. Tall grasses, evergreens and other plantings will complete the landscaped area. The names of those lost will be included in the memorial which is expected to be dedicated Sept. 11.
Among those being remembered are Douglas A. Gowell, '71, Methuen; Robert J. Hayes '87, Amesbury; Brian K. Kinney '95, Lowell; John Ogonowski, '72, Dracut; Patrick Quigley, husband of Patricia Quigley, '86, Wellesley; Jessica Sachs, Billerica, former student and daughter of alumni Stephen R. and Karen D. Sachs, both '69; and Christopher Zarba, Hopkinton, who studied at Lowell in the 1970s.
The design was selected from six proposals developed by art students in a course taught by Prof. Jim Coates last fall.
* EDITOR'S NOTE: Photo of model available upon request.