Victims of Train Derailment With Academic Ties

May 14, 2015

Among those killed Tuesday when a New York City-bound Amtrak train derailed north of Philadelphia were a college dean, the CEO of an ed-tech start-up, and a sophomore.

Derrick Griffith, dean of student affairs and enrollment management for Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, was one of the victims. A CUNY statement noted that he had been involved in numerous efforts to help low-income students obtain higher education.

Rachel Jacobs, CEO of the Philadelphia-based ed-tech start-up ApprenNet, was also among the victims. Emily F. Williams, co-founder and chief operating officer, confirmed the news Wednesday evening. Jacobs, a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia Business School, became CEO of ApprenNet in March, according to Philadelphia magazine.

Also killed was Justin Zemser, a sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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