remember Meloy as dedicated, hard working
Meloy was intense about politics.
28, a graduate student and teaching assistant slain in her apartment
between April 21 and 25, was remembered fondly by her friends
Guterbock, who hired Meloy to work at the Center
for Survey Research, said she worked full-time and was a part-time
student completing a masters degree in government and foreign
affairs. But her passion was American politics.
had an incredible knowledge of U.S. politics, said Dale
Lawton, director of the Project on Campaign Conduct at the Sorensen
Institute for Political Leadership. She would know who had
won congressional elections, going back several cycles. For fun
she would watch tapes of old political speeches from conventions.
Some people have football parties, she would have an annual state
of the union address party going on while the president was speaking.
was in charge of conducting surveys for a study of the Robb/Allen
senate race, which suited her interest in politics and her polling
was instrumental in overseeing the surveying, said Paul
Freedman, assistant professor in the Department
of Government and Foreign Affairs and Meloys adviser
in her first year at U.Va. She was a perfectionist, real
diligent and very careful, which is just what you want in this
kind of work.
falls election dispute in Florida was a motherlode for political
junkies and Lawton said Meloy stayed abreast of the situation.
He said whenever he found a new article or different angle on
the controversy, he found that Meloy had already read and analyzed
was right into it, said Freedman. She was into the
minutia of it. Her father lives in Palm Beach and they were back
and forth about the ballot all the time.
came to Charlottesville in 1998, after graduating from Swarthmore
and forming her own political polling company working for Democrat
candidates. She and her partner named it Trotter Associates, after
their Swarthmore residence hall. From there, she worked for a
large survey mailing company, building up the experience that
brought her to Guterbocks attention.
was very bright and had a quickness of thought in marketing things,
he said. She was very assertive from her point of view and
loved a good argument.
said her intensity sometimes made her difficult to work with.
forced you to think about things in a different way, he
had a passion and a dedication and a pride in her work,
said Freedman. She was proud of what she had done at the
CSR and at the Sorsensen Institute. She felt that it was a job
well done. A lot of people dont have that pride in their
was also a contradiction in Meloy. She was pursuing an academic
career, getting research published and analyzing data, but she
also craved the rough and tumble of politics. She had been the
South Carolina coordinator in Paul Tsongas doomed presidential
bid and she thought she might work as a consultant with future
other great passion was her dog, an American Eskimo Spitz named
Ariel spent time in the office with Alison, said Lawton.
He was a good office dog.
Lawton said he and another co-worker took the dog as soon as the
police released it from the house.
was sad and confused and he drank a lot of water and then he didnt
feel good after that, Lawton said.
investigation into Meloys death is ongoing.