Leukemia left engineering major prone to illness
By ANNE MARIE MATTINGLY
Notre Dame junior and Welsh Family Hall resident Brionne Clary passed away Wednesday from complications of leukemia, said Sister Adrienne Piennette, rector of Welsh. Clary was 20.
"She was a very enthusiastic person [who] worked very hard at her studies," said Piennette. "For a person who had such a heavy course load … she did her best to be active in the hall."
Clary, from Tyler, Texas, was a mechanical engineering major and active participant in interhall basketball, said Piennette. She was re-diagnosed with leukemia the Monday before this school year began, after successfully beating the disease in high school.
"[It was] a shock for everyone," said Piennette. "She was doing really well, so she said."
Clary had been in regular contact with friends in Welsh nearly daily until she contracted pneumonia late last week, said Piennette. While hoping for a bone marrow transplant, Clary remained committed to returning to Notre Dame.
"She really wanted to get back here," said Piennette, who explained that Clary had not returned to school this semester because of her illness. "[She was] a very determined young woman."
Piennette indicated that the women of Welsh will feel Clary's absence.
"She's a presence that's missed in the hall and has been since school started, especially in the junior class," she said.
Counseling services have been made available to friends of Clary, and Piennette hope to hold a memorial mass later in the year for her family and friends. She is survived by her parents and two sisters.
All News Stories for Thursday, September 21, 2000