Memorial planned for student

By Deanna Cabinian

Jane Brewer, a third-year law student at NIU, died of a stroke Monday morning.

A memorial tribute for Brewer will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at the Thurgood Marshall Gallery of Swen Parson Hall. Law School Dean LeRoy Pernell, Brewer’s husband, her friends from the law school and professors will pay tribute to her.

There will also be a brief religious service from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at United Campus Ministries.

Brewer, 44, was originally from Glendale, Calif., and was in her final year of law school. She is survived by her husband and two teenage children.

Melody Mitchell, assistant director of alumni events and public relations for the College of Law, said Brewer was a very active student on campus.

Brewer was president of the Student Bar Association, produced the “Vagina Monologues,” which was hosted by the NIU Women’s Law Caucus, and was a member of Delta Beta Phi, a law school organization.

“She was one of those people you don’t come across very often,” Mitchell said.

Michael Kirkwood, a third-year law student, started law school at the same time as Brewer. He said they were colleagues, but also very good friends.

Kirkwood, who is treasurer of the Student Bar Association, said Brewer was extremely accomplished. She had a Ph. D. in geology and was a geophysicist. She also taught in California, did theater in New York and traveled extensively.

“She was a remarkable person,” Kirkwood said. He said she had plans to take the bar exam in Illinois and California.

At today’s tribute, Kirkwood will speak about Brewer and what she meant to him as a friend and colleague.

“She was a class act,” Kirkwood said. “She was one of the most kind, generous and gracious people that I had ever met. And she personified cool. We will miss her.”