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Tragic news arrived in my mailbox

Remember the lavish, gorgeous wedding that Kelly and I attended in Nashville two years ago for Rebekah Gee and Allan Moore? Click here to see pictures that I posted then. I got this piece of mail today inviting me to "A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Allan Frederick Moore," and immediately thought of his father, also a doctor. I thought, "I don't recall Allan's dad having the same first name," then googled it. His dad's name is Michael, by the way. I found out that Allan, 31, died about six weeks ago when he and Rebekah were riding a Vespa (motorcycle) and a 21-year-old woman driving a Range Rover or Land Rover, collided with them. I'm numb and saddened by this awful news. I hope to attend the memorial service for Allan that will be held on October 7 in Boston. That will have been Rebekah and Allan's second anniversary. Rebekah's dad was the main guy (Chancellor, I believe) at Vanderbilt University when Kelly and I were there in Nashville for Rebekah and Allan's wedding, but he's now the president of The Ohio State University, where he worked previously as the president, back when his wife, Elizabeth, died of cancer. You may recall that I worked for Gordon when he was the president of the University of Colorado, during which time his wife, Elizabeth, encouraged me to pursue the our adoption of a baby, as they had with Rebekah. A few weeks before Elizabeth's death, Lindsey was born, and we named our little girl after her, Lindsey Elizabeth. I'm so sad for the future that Rebekah and Allan are never going to be able to have together. I have emailed both Rebekah and Gordon, and called to leave a message for Rebekah.

Comments

Julie V said…
Oh man, what a shock. That poor girl. She has had sadness in her life :(
Robin said…
What terrible news to receive...and just as they were beginning their life together. I do remember reading the post about their wedding you attended, and this is just so sad.
Cathleen said…
Wow, so sad. I read your blogs on their wedding and his background info you googled. He was so accomplished at such a young age. My heart really goes out to his family and to those who knew and loved him.
Desperado Mom said…
That is so sad. My heart goes out to her and both of their families. May God bless them all during this difficult time.
I totally remember when you posted about that wedding. 2 years is not long enough to spend with your true love, but hopefully it was long enough to create some amazing memories.
Michele said…
I can not imagine how difficult a loss like that must be. My prayers are with all who have been impacted by his loss.
~ Tina said…
Oh Kelly...
that is so tragic. What a loss!
Lonna said…
Kelly I am sorry that you lost a friend. I hope that you are able to go and attend the funeral to see her.
Lisa said…
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. So tragic that he was young and just starting a new life.
Holly said…
That is such sad news. Life is so precious. I remember your post on their wedding. This is really such a tragic thing.
Bobbi said…
News like this is shocking. I am so sorry for your friend. It does make one realize how fragile our hold on this life is, and is a reminder to cherish each moment and each beloved person in our lives. Condolences to you, Kelly.

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