National Cathedral funeral scheduled for Chevy Chase student

Andrew Pochter killed during unrest in Egypt

§     The funeral for Chevy Chase student Andrew Driscoll Pochter will be July 12 at the National Cathedral.

The 21-year-old was killed June 28 in violent clashes in Alexandria, Egypt, as protesters rallied to remove then-President Mohammed Morsi from office.

The Rev. Dr. Rose Duncan, associate rector of St. Columbia’s Episcopal Church where Pochter belonged, will co-preside at the service with the Rev. Gina Campbell, director of worship at the cathedral. Rabbi Hannah Goldstein of Temple Sinai will also participate, and the homily will be given by the Rev. David McIlhiney, chaplain at the Blue Ridge School in Charlottesville, Va., where Pochter graduated high school.

Pochter’s mother, Elizabeth Driscoll Pochter of Chevy Chase, said he was stabbed while taking photos of protesters looting Muslim Brotherhood headquarters. He was teaching English over the summer to 7- and 8-year-old children.

Pochter would have been a junior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he ran the school’s Hillel, a Jewish campus ministry.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Theodore Pochter, and sister, Emily Pochter.

The service will begin in the cathedral’s nave at 10 a.m.


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