Harvard graduate killed in Kenyan terrorist attacks
A pregnant Harvard University graduate and her partner (pictured) were killed during the terrorist attack at an upscale shopping mall in the capital city of Kenya.
Elif Yavuz, a 33-year-old Netherlands native who earned a doctor of science degree from Harvard’s School of Public Health earlier this year and was expecting to give birth to her first child next month, died during the attacks in Nairobi, the school’s dean Julio Frenk said in an email to faculty, staff and students.
Yavuz was working with the Applied Analytics Team at the Clinton Health Access Initiative and completing her thesis in Kenya.
Yavuz and Langdon had traveled to Nairobi because the city is home to an esteemed maternity hospital, where Yavuz planned to give birth to their first child, said her thesis advisor Jessica Cohen.
“Both had dedicated their lives to working for a peaceful world. Both had so much to offer,” wrote Peter Adams, a longtime friend of Langdon’s, on his blog following their deaths. “Besides a personal loss for myself, this is a major global loss.”