Tony Gauci, 1941-2016

Tony Gauci, a key witness whose testimony linked Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, died on October 29. Critics of Gauci’s testimony characterized him as the prosecution’s “weakest link,” pointing to discrepancies in his testimony. Additionally, Gauci received a substantial payment for his participation in the inquiry (though the…

Joan Dater, 1942-2016

Athletic and ebullient, Gretchen Dater was an extraordinarily talented artist who could work with virtually any medium. Gretchen, a junior at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art, enrolled in Syracuse University’s Division of International Programs Abroad in the fall of 1988, joining several hundred fellow students at S.U.’s center in Notting Hill. While in…

27 Years

As is so often the case with epochal events, I can recall the precise details of the instant I learned of the bombing of Pan Am 103. The fading light of an uncharacteristically warm day gave no hint or portents of the tragedy unfolding over 3,000 miles away. I sat on our ghastly orange couch…