Theatre arts alumna Brenda (Arrieta) Killian (Class of ‘01, B.A., cum laude, theatre arts/history) lost a
nearly year-long battle with breast cancer on March 6 near her home in Portland, Ore. The 31-year-old Southern
California native was pregnant with her second child last year when she learned she had breast cancer.
While undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy, she gave birth to a healthy daughter last September. She died
one week after learning that the cancer, which seemed to have been successfully treated, had returned.