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Shiva Haghighi, a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend, died Saturday March 22, 2014 at the age of 28.
She was born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1985 and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana since 1986. Shiva's natural charisma, intellect and magnetic personality were evident as a young child and helped fuel many accomplishments during her short but impactful life. She earned a BS in Civil Engineering in 2008 followed by a MS in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Architectural Engineering in 2011, both from the prestigious Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Shiva was also the president of Purdue's Civil Engineering Student Advisory Council and was selected as one of 12 delegates to participate in the highly competitive Transatlantic Program for Young Technology Leaders. She went on to become a project engineer and consultant at Ebert & Baumann Consulting in Washington DC, in 2011.While professionally and academically accomplished, Shiva's legacy will be defined by the lasting influence she had on her family, friends and colleagues.
Influenced by her beloved late father, Kamyar Haghighi, she developed a passionate love for soccer, a sophisticated and rich taste for music, and a compassion for social justice and human rights. She loved liberally and in return, was loved by all. Her infectious laugh and zeal for life was unparalleled and will continue to inspire others.
Shiva is survived by her mother, Atossa Rahmanifar, and her sister, Nina Haghighi (fiancé Tim Wright). Other survivors are her grandmother, Behjat Zand, aunt Taraneh Rahmanifar, cousin Nicola Shahin Haghighi, and many other relatives all over the world.
A service will be held at the Thomas Duncan Hall (619 Ferry St., Lafayette, IN 47901) on Sunday, April 13, at 1 pm. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, online at www.bcrfcure.org (as a Tribute Donation) or by check payable to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 E. 56th St, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022, with a note on the memo line "In memory of Shiva Haghighi." A memorial fund has been established at Purdue University in Shiva's name. Donations can be made at https://shivahaghighi.crowdtilt.com or by check payable to Purdue University Foundation, c/o Amy Noah, Purdue University Dauch Alumni Center, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, with a note on the memo line ""In memory of Shiva Haghighi."
Published in the Journal & Courier on Mar. 26, 2014