Emily Couric a friend of the University, an advocate for
SEN. EMILY COURIC, who died Oct. 18 after a 15-month battle with
pancreatic cancer, was remembered by University President
John T.Casteen III as a much-respected and much-loved member
of not only the Charlottesville/Albemarle community, but of the
University community as well. We have all lost a good friend,
and she will be greatly missed. Couric, 54, had represented
the 25th District, which includes the University, since 1995,
and made support for education a major priority in her work.
was a strong advocate for the University of Virginia, often lobbying
on its behalf as a state senator. More importantly, she considered
every employee her responsibility, and became a watchdog for their
well-being, Casteen said.
the University community joins in offering its condolences to
the Couric/Beller family especially to her husband George
Beller, head of the Universitys cardiovascular division,
and her sons at this sad time.
strong and effective advocate for public education and health
care issues, Couric had numerous legislative accomplishments including
bills establishing the Advanced Mathematics and Technology Diploma
Seal for high school graduates, the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative
to support research and rehabilitation for victims of spinal cord
and traumatic brain injuries, and the nations first state
law mandating health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer
patroned a bill that became law last year allowing state agencies
to donate surplus equipment, such as computers and peripheral
equipment to non-profit organizations, public schools and other
organizations which provide services to at-risk youths. Since
then, U.Va. has been able to assist about 40 organizations, giving
away more than 160 computers.
also developed the concept for the annual University Legislative
Forum on education issues affecting U.Va. and the state.
lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be
made to the Cancer Center Patient Support Services, Box 800334,
U.Va. Health System, Charlottesville,