April 24th, 2007
On 23 April Lara Kellogg died in a climbing accident on Mt. Wake in Alaska’s Ruth Gorge.
I have been unable to write anything of substance however, in that odd realm of digital remembrance, a blog site I started has seen a proliferation of stories. Until some later point, when I am able, enjoy these stories of Lara’s rich life.
These are images from Lara’s funeral, reception, and after party at Kasi and Andreas’s. The song is the closest rendition I could find to the solo performance of “You Light Up My Life” performed during the service by soloist Gloria Hanson and accompanist Reed Terzian.
These images were submitted by Lara’s friends and family; they were compiled in a somewhat chronological fashion though my familiarity with the who’s who of Lara’s life is limited to the more recent years. Music was a compromise of my tastes, what I knew of Lara’s, the numerous suggestions I received, and what I felt would satisfy a broad audience.
From the blog:
“The breadth of her relationship to us is far reaching, her friendships deep and long lasting. Ever in motion, she lived three lives every day, her broad smile and infectious laughter gracing each moment. She was a natural storyteller, in delivery and in experience, for they were her stories, unembellished. To summarize her would be a travesty of embarrassing proportions; even for those of us who were characters in her stories, our remembrance is but a moment of her rich life. If you live only one life each day, these stories will be a window into an existence extraordinary. Yes, if you were close, if you were acquainted, and even if you never had the opportunity, these stories will help all of us in the years to come, our years without Lara.”
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