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HER CLASSMATES REMEMBER Sheila Sundaram ’02 as a gifted musician who played the flute in the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School band. But even more than her musical gifts, her friends in the class of 2002 remember Sheila as a kind and caring person and a loyal friend whose life was cut tragically short when she was killed in a car accident the summer after her senior year of high school. Sheila’s brother, Narayan Sundaram ’97, has honored his sister’s memory by creating an endowment for the St. Andrew’s band and a book award in her honor. The Sheila Sundaram ’02 Memorial Endowment for the Band will provide ongoing support for the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School band, while the Sheila Sundaram ’02 Memorial Prize in Band will annu-

ally honor one outstanding student musician. Sheila’s brother had longed to create a memorial for his sister for some years, and upon completing his medical residency and fellowship, felt the time was finally right. “I thought through what Sheila’s interests were, and music was at the top of the list,” Narayan Sundaram says. “I also wanted to give back to St. Andrew’s. Sheila and I were both graduates, and I credit St. Andrew’s with giving me the tools to succeed in life and laying the foundation for my medical career.” Narayan Sundaram’s gifts will support the changing needs of the St. Andrew’s band, and help provide opportunities for other gifted musicians like Sheila Sundaram. “Sheila and I always had a sibling rivalry during our youth,” says Narayan Sundaram. “The sad thing is that just as we both started to mature and become close, she lost her life. By starting this endowment, I’m just doing what I can to honor Sheila’s memory.” 45

Archways 19 - Spring 2014  
Archways 19 - Spring 2014  

Archways is the flagship publication from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, an independent, coeducational, preparatory day school serving stude...