Alice Rowan Swanson remembered by mother, minister

Northborough – Saying her daughter was "very quiet, but not shy," Ruth Rowan spoke for the first time July 18 about the death of Alice Rowan Swanson.

The following day, the family held a memorial service at the Unitarian Universalist Church, which was attended by hundreds of Rowan Swanson's family, friends, college classmates, co-workers and former co-workers.

Rowan Swanson, 22, was killed July 8 in Washington, D.C., when she was struck by a garbage truck while riding her bicycle to work at the International Research and Exchanges Board. Prior to that, she worked at the Middle East Journal.

Rowan Swanson was a 2007 graduate of Amherst College, a 2003 graduate of WPI's Academy of Math and Science, and she attended Algonquin Regional High School , Northborough Middle School and the Lincoln Street School.

"Alice was a beautiful girl with a wonderful smile," Ruth Rowan said. "She was serious about her work. She had a great interest in the world at a very young age, and she had a great interest in saving the world shortly thereafter."

The Rev. Judith Wright of the Unitarian Universalist Church, said Rowan Swanson followed in the footsteps of her mother and father, Brian Swanson, when it came to her great concern for the environment. "Alice was just an absolute love," Wright said. "We loved her very, very much."

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