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Bess E. Rosenzweig had fallen in love with Kenya. She spent much of her free time in the region, volunteering as a teacher outside Nairobi, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in nearby Tanzania, befriending locals. The former Cambridge resident told friends she was never happier than when she was in Africa, and, after graduating from Georgetown University this past spring, she had plans, ultimately, to settle there.
But on July 25, near the end of a two-week vacation in Kenya with her mother, Claire Clube, 48, her plane to Nairobi crashed in Aberdare National Park, about 60 miles from where their destination. A search and rescue effort took several days; their bodies, and that of their pilot, were recovered three days later, 11,300 feet up in the Aberdare mountain range. Rosenzweig was 22.