Pacific University alumna Lenore Ribera died Wednesday, April 26 in a car accident near Clatskanie, Ore. Ribera graduated from Pacific in 2016 with a major in psychology.
“She had a bright and shining personality and always saw the best in others,” professor of psychology Erica Kleinknecht said. “Her uniquely caring spirit made her a ready favorite among her peers. She was a pleasure to know and I am heartbroken that her life was cut short.”
For her senior capstone project, Ribera investigated the efficacy of animal assisted therapy in life skill training among child residents of domestic violence shelters.
According to an email sent by president of Pacific Lesley Hallick to students, faculty and staff on Thursday, April 27, Ribera was working at the Albertina Kerr Subacute Program in Gresham, where she continued her work with the youth, prior to her passing.
“Lenore’s warm personality, willingness to be a little silly for a smile and supportive nature made her an excellent fit for working with young kids,” Heide Island, a professor of psychology who helped Ribera on her senior capstone project said. “Lenore was an important part of our community both while enrolled as a student and following graduation. She will be deeply missed.”
Professor of psychology Alyson Burns-Glover said Ribera loved to serve others.
“She brought a warmth and commitment to working with students and peers,” Burns-Glover said.
According to Hallick’s email, Ribera will be remembered at the university’s quarterly Alumni Remembrance Ceremony in Old College Hall at noon on Thursday, May 11.