But Ms. Wall’s life, not her death, was the unerring focus of Wednesday’s memorial, which was attended by about 100 people, including family members, former classmates and professors.
The ceremony, which was held at the journalism school, strove for joyful commemoration but often lapsed into grief and somberness.
“We have been deprived of all the untold stories,” Ingrid Wall, Ms. Wall’s mother, said tearfully.
Several of Ms. Wall’s former professors shared their memories of the young woman, who had been raised in a family of journalists and had professed her desire to carve out a space for herself in what she called the male-dominated world of foreign policy (at Columbia, she studied journalism and international affairs). They described the “oddball” stories she pitched while in school, the Sri Lankan refugee camps she talked her way into afterward, the combination of childlike enthusiasm and intellectual rigor she brought to her work.
Her friends read excerpts from her writing. Her brother, Tom Wall, recalled his sister’s almost evangelical…