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DUFFY-LEDBETTER CHRIS DUFFY-LEDBETTER Charles Christopher Duffy-Ledbetter, 28, passed away June 10, 2013. Chris was born on January 20, 1985 to Stephen Ledbetter and Karol Duffy in Philadelphia, PA. Chris grew up in University Park, MD and graduated from St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, MD. After high school, Chris attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in English. He then attended George Mason University in Arlington, VA, where he received a Master's Degree in International Trade and Commerce. Chris had a strong passion for travel and adventure. After college he traveled to China to teach English to high school students. His enthusiasm for experiencing different cultures led him to more than 33 countries and four continents. He was passionate about literature, music, films, snowboarding, hiking and biking. Chris was a person who engaged fully in life and embraced his own curiosity. Chris interned at the Department of State, volunteered with the 2012 Presidential election, and recently worked in the Office of Volunteer Health at the Peace Corps. Most of all Chris loved his family and friends. He is survived by his mother, Karol Duffy of South Riding, VA, his father Stephen Ledbetter and stepmom Lisa Ledbetter of Annandale, VA, his grandmother, Marie Duffy of Wilkes-Barre, PA, his grandfather, Lee Ledbetter and grandmother, Harriett Ledbetter of Eaton, CO, his brothers, Lee Duffy-Ledbetter and Evan Duffy-Ledbetter, his stepbrother, Christopher Stanley, his stepsister, Katy Stanley and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved grandmother, Patricia Ledbetter, and grandfather Robert Duffy. A celebration of Chris's life will be held at University Baptist Church, College Park, MD on July 6 at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on July 7 at 5 p.m. at the same location. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to University Park Elementary School, 4315 Underwood Street, University Park, MD 20783.
Published in The Washington Post on July 5, 2013