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Sara Overstreet ’16 dies

Memorial service plans underway for international relations and English concentrator

Senior Staff Writer
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sara Overstreet ’16 has died, President Christina Paxson announced in a community-wide email Thursday afternoon. Paxson’s email did not specificy a cause of death.

A native of San Jose, California, Overstreet was an international relations and English double-concentrator. She was interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the human condition on a global scale, Paxson wrote.

Overstreet was also focused on digital technology as a means of social innovation and problem-solving and planned to attend graduate school or work for an independent think tank or nonprofit after graduating from Brown.

Plans for memorial services are still underway, Paxson wrote, offering her condolences to Overstreet’s friends and family.

The offices of Counseling and Psychological Services, which can be reached at 401-863-3476, and Chaplains and Religious Life, which can be reached at 401-863-2344, are open to all members of the Brown community for support.


When any Brown community member dies, The Herald typically publishes an immediate article announcing the news and follows up with a more detailed obituary — including remembrances from friends, family members, professors or others — a few days later. 

But in the case of Sara Overstreet ’16, who died Thursday, we are not writing an obituary, per the request of her family and some close friends. Though we believe obituaries provide an important service to readers, it would be neither respectful nor feasible to publish one here. Readers with questions or concerns about this decision may email

Editors’ notes are written by the 124th editorial board: Eli Okun ’15, Sona Mkrttchian ’15, Mathias Heller ’15, Madeline Berg ’15, Katherine Cusumano ’15 and Kate Nussenbaum ’15.

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  1. RIP…. do we know how Overstreet died?

  2. Sara, we love and miss you.

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