Nicholas Aufderhar Memorial Brings Together Chapman Community

Photo Courtesy of: Kelly Kruger

Friends, peers, and family gathered to celebrate the life of graduate student Nicholas Aufderhar at a Fish Interfaith Center memorial on February 8, 2018.

Dean of the Fish Interfaith Center, Dr. Gail J. Stearns, coordinated the memorial service, which included speeches from Aufderhar’s friends, peers, and professors.  A short clip from a film Aufderhar was working on was screened as well.

“The memorial service for Nik offered his parents and cousin the opportunity to meet students and faculty Nik knew, and to catch a glimpse into his life at Chapman,” Stearns said. “Hearing their stories provided Nik’s family comfort, knowing he was in the place he really wanted to be where he could pursue his passion for filmmaking.”

Aufderhar, 24, died suddenly in his sleep on November 22, 2017 in Anaheim due to complications after a car accident, according to his parents, Craig and Carol Aufderhar. He was in his first semester of earning his M.F.A in Film Production with an emphasis in cinematography at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.



This brief is an extension of a story we posted on February 9, 2018; and includes additional information about the memorial event for Nicholas Aufderhar on Chapman’s campus. You can view the previously posted story here

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