Mark Slough, a sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in aerospace engineering, died Oct. 8.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale, Virginia.

Mark’s family created a public Facebook event called “Celebration of Mark Slough” where they would like for people to indicate their attendance. Mark is survived by parents Steve and Emily and a sister, Sarah, a student at James Madison University. 

The memorial service will be followed by a reception, and opportunities to share memories, according to the Facebook page.

Eric Paterson, department head of aerospace and ocean engineering, shared thoughts about Mark's life.

"Having just entered the aerospace engineering program this fall, he was a member of the class of 2018, which is the most highly qualified group of young men and women to ever enter our challenging program.  In addition, Mark was in my class, Introduction to Aerospace Engineering, and was off to a great start at Virginia Tech. He was very pleased to be in his selected major, and had a very bright future ahead of him. His death is a tragic loss, and it saddens all of us." 

Mark was a member of Virginia Tech's University Chamber Singers last year. During that group’s concert last Sunday, a candle was lit in Mark’s honor.

"During the University Chamber Singers concert last Sunday, we showed a video of one song we sang last year with Mark — it was the piece we sang at Pres. Sands' Installation, with text by Emily Dickinson, "I Shall Not Live in Vain." Mark lived as the text describes — he was helpful and always lifted the spirits of those around him," said Dwight Bigler, assistant professor and director of choral activities.

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