Samya Stumo ’15, died on March 10, 2019, one of 157 people lost in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Samya, a Sheffield, MA native, was enroute to Kenya for a work assignment with ThinkWell, a non-profit organization working to disrupt the status quo in global health development.
Thomas Leatherman, a professor of anthropology, who worked closely with Samya on her thesis and research at UMass Amherst, described her as being “infectiously vibrant.” “Her exuberance and enthusiasm were contagious and her spirit often buoyed those around her. She was joyful, kind, spirited, and fearless. She was truly a ‘one of a kind’ individual whose life and career held such great promise,” he said.