Students and staff of the GW Admissions Office are mourning the death of Regina Hutchins, a junior from Willingboro, N.J., who died of a brain aneurysm over winter break at the age of 20.
No matter who she talked to, she made them laugh and smile, said Jenine Alston, her roommate and close friend.
Hutchins worked as an admissions information management assistant during her sophomore year and last semester.
Regina was outstanding in my opinion, and she was an ideal young lady, said Alvin Tobe, executive assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Hutchins was born May 25, 1979 to Willie and Betty Hutchins. She graduated from Willingboro High School in June 1997. Hutchins was an usher in her church and sang in the choir.
Hutchins majored in sociology and minored in economics at GW. She tutored students her freshman year through the D.C. Reads program and served as secretary of the GW chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She also interned at a local research firm.
She was a very energetic young lady, her mother said. She had a wonderful sense of humor.
Gifts may be sent to the Good Shepard United Methodist Church, 110 Buckingham Drive, Willingboro, N.J. 08046.
Her friends at GW are planning a memorial service for Hutchins.
A lot of people knew her, and a lot of people loved her, Alston said.