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Distributed January 10, 1996
Contact: Mark Nickel

University schedules memorial service for two who died in plane crash

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A memorial service for Paris Kanellakis and Maria-Teresa Otoya, two Brown University employees who died in the Dec. 20 crash of an American Airlines plane in Colombia, will be held Monday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Sayles Hall.

Paris Kanellakis, 42, a professor of computer science, and Maria-Teresa Otoya, 45, a University psychotherapist, were traveling with their two children, Alexandra, 7, and Stephanos, 4, on a holiday visit to Otoya's parents in Cali, Colombia. The family was among the 160 passengers and American Airlines crew members who died when the plane crashed during its approach to the Cali airport.

Kanellakis had been with Brown's Department of Computer Science since 1981. His research interests were primarily in the area of theoretical computer science, with emphasis on the principles of database systems and logic. After receiving a degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University in his native Athens, Greece, Kanellakis came to the United States to do graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1978, and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science in 1982.

Otoya had been a psychotherapist with the University's Psychological Services since 1989. After graduating from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, and working as a psychologist at Banco de Bogota, she came to Massachusetts for graduate studies. She received a master's degree in counseling psychology from Boston College in 1981, a certificate of advanced studies in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University in 1982, and a doctorate from Harvard in 1987.