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SOPHIA LORRAINE GLASER - WILLISTON - Sophia Lorraine Nitya Glaser, 22, beloved daughter of Caitlin and Jacob "Jack" Glaser, died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. A film student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she was studying abroad at the prestigious FAMU film school in Prague for the semester. Born Aug. 7, 1991, in Burlington, Sophie had a passion for learning. She attended the Bellwether School, Williston Central School, the Gailer School, and Champlain Valley Union High School. In the midst of her junior year, Sophie had brain surgery to remove a benign tumor. Despite the health challenges she faced during this time, Sophie graduated with honors from high school in 2009, and with a newfound perspective on life, she set out to pursue her dreams. With loving guidance from her parents, Sophie explored many activities, and eagerly accepted any opportunity to experience something new. She began working at MBF Bioscience, her family's business when she was 14, and continued working there through college. A gifted writer since the age of five, she was also interested in art, acting, cooking and photography before devoting herself to her great love - film. Inspired by trips to the Sundance Film Festival, Sophie developed a fascination for the entire filmmaking process from script-writing to directing and editing. Through filmmaking she was able to find a fulfilling way to express her talent and creativity, and was thrilled when she was accepted into the Tisch film school at NYU. Before starting at Tisch, she worked as a creative assistant at Leroy & Clarkson, a production company in Manhattan. She also worked as an intern for film producer, Alicia Van Couvering. As a teenager, Sophie had already cultivated an appreciation for fine food, fashion, art, and design. She was also an avid traveler, and having studied Spanish in Malaga, Spain, and French in Nice, France, she had many great friends all around the world. She developed many more friendships during her time in New York, and some of her closest friends she knew since childhood growing up in Vermont, or spending time at a meditation ashram in South Fallsburg, N.Y. Sophie dazzled everyone around her with her beauty and exuberance. She had a compassionate heart and was loved by many. She is survived by her parents, Caitlin and Jacob Glaser of Williston; grandfather, Edmund Glaser of Baltimore; brother, Rama Gottfried, sister-in-law, Celeste Gottfried, and niece, Elodie Gottfried, of Berkeley, Calif.; great-aunts and great-uncles, Alice Weiss of New York, Marion and Sheldon Gimbel, and Charlotte and Teddy Rutkovitz of Baltimore, Dolores Montgomery of Temecula, Calif.; aunts and uncles, Barney and Noni Logan of Temecula, Calif., Paul Boutyette of Tucson, Ariz., David and Nancy Glaser of Baltimore, Mimi Glaser of New York; boyfriend, Ethan Christy of New York; and many close and loving cousins. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at noon, at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne. A reception will follow until 4 p.m. We invite you to share your thoughts, memories and photos of Sophie at Donations may be made to: SYDA Foundation, Donations, PO Box 600, S. Fallsburg, NY 12779,; or the PRASAD Project, 465 Brickman Road, Hurleyville, NY 12747,

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 1, 2013
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