On December 21, 1988, 35 Syracuse University students returning to the United States after a semester studying abroad in London and Europe lost their lives when a terrorist bomb exploded aboard Pan Am Flight 103 in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland.
“Pan Am 103 indelibly changed the landscape of Syracuse University forever,” says Kelly Homan Rodoski (’92), chair of the University’s Pan Am 103 20th Anniversary Commemoration Committee. “This was the kind of event that occurred elsewhere, not in our part of the world and not on our campus. The fact that 35 young men and women in the prime of their lives, brimming with intellectual curiosity and spirit of adventure, were taken in a senseless act of violence was, and remains today, incomprehensible.”
In the years since the bombing, SU has maintained strong connections with many of the families who lost loved ones. Every year since 1990, 35 SU students have been named Remembrance Scholars , one of the most prestigious honors the University bestows. The University and SU London have forged a strong relationship with Lockerbie, and each year two students from Lockerbie go to Syracuse to study.
SU London’s relationship with the town of Lockerbie is celebrated in “Forward Lockerbie”, an original photo montage framed and featured in SU London’s center at Faraday House. Download the leaflet here [PDF, 333KB].