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OBITUARIES: Outstanding Santa Monica Teen’s Life is Celebrated:

Olivia Jane Cull passed away on January 20, 2009, following complications after a routine procedure at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Her passing was peaceful and family surrounded her.

Olivia attended Grant Elementary School, John Adams Middle School and was completing her senior year at the Archer School for Girls. Olivia was imaginative, intellectual, funny and above all kind. She was a very active member of the Archer Community where she was co-founder and President of the Classics Club, as well as Secretary of the State of California Junior Classical League, and first place state champion for four years in Mythology. Olivia was on the Robotics team, a member of the Archer Orchestra for four years where she played the violin, and had recently been accepted to join the six-member Senior Girls choir. Olivia was very active in the theatre department, and was currently rehearsing for her role in the upcoming Shakespeare play, The Comedy of Errors. Olivia regularly contributed to the school newspaper, and was a member of several other clubs and organizations, including Girl Scouts, where she was a camp counselor for the past several years. Olivia attended Brown University this past summer, and had been accepted early to attend Smith College in the fall where she was planning to pursue her love for Classical Studies and Ancient arts and languages.

Olivia leaves behind her parents, Joy and Robert Cull, her adoring siblings, a sister, Cora, who also attends The Archer School, and her brother, Carruth, who attends John Adams Middle School, as well as her paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Ted Cull of Colorado Springs, Colorado, maternal grandmother, Frieda Yakish of Claremont, California and a multitude of cousins and extended family.

An open memorial service to celebrate Olivia’s life in the Ancient Greek tradition was held at The Archer School for Girls this past weekend. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to The Olivia Cull Memorial Fund to support making an Archer education available to future classes of amazing young women. For further information contact Meg Paulson at The Archer School for Girls, 310.873.7000. Alternatively, donations can be mailed or faxed directly to The Archer School for Girls, 11725 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049, Fax 310.873.7081.

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