NICOLE ORTTUNG

Notice
  • "I did not know Nicole but feel her spirit after reading..."
    - Nj Chapman
  • - Bob Craddock
  • "So many lovely thoughts of Nicole's sweet smile, cheerful..."
    - Abby Hillman
  • "I had the real pleasure to teach Nicole in Reims when she..."
    - Corinne Fertein
  • "Nicole and I were in the same class at Yorktown. We had a..."
    - Peter Morris

ORTTUNG NICOLE ORTTUNG 1995 ~ 2016 Nicole Katherine Orttung departed on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, in Washington, DC. She leaves behind a circle of family and friends who dearly love her and will always be grateful for the sunshine she brought to their lives. Among those forever grateful for the time they had with Nicole are her parents, Robert and Susan Orttung, and her brother Joseph. Nicole was born in Prague, Czech Republic, but moved with her family to Brooklyn, NY when she was a toddler and then to Arlington, VA when she was in third grade. After graduating from Yorktown High School, she entered the dual BA program of Sciences Po and Columbia University. She spent her first two years of college in Reims, France, where she focused on Euro-American stud- ies. During her time in Europe, she enjoyed the opportunity to travel extensively with her friends. At Columbia, Nicole studied political science. She also wrote stories for the student newspaper about the life of the city surrounding the campus. He favorite topics included renters' rights, the state of the nearby schools (where she volunteered), and gentrification. Nicole worked to promote social justice. During the summer of 2012, she volunteered with the Obama campaign, engaging in door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, and other campaign activities. During the summer after her sophomore year, she interned at the Wilson Center, contributing articles to the on-line edition of the Wilson Quarterly. After her junior year, she was an intern at the Christian Science Monitor, where she published nearly 100 articles. What she liked most about the process of journalism was interviewing people and learning more about the world. Until the last few months, Nicole was energetic in using all of her time for good purpose and disciplined in focusing on what she wanted to achieve. Her ambition and activity were an inspiration, and they seemed to bubble up from a deep well of enthusiasm for life. May Nicole now be at peace and may all her family and friends find peace as well. Donations may be made in her honor to the Wilson Center in Washington, DC (wilsoncenter.org). A memorial service is being planned for late December.May Nicole now be at peace and may all her family and friends find peace as well. Donations may be made in her honor to the Wilson Center in Washington, DC (wilsoncenter.org). A memorial service is being planned for late December.
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 27, 2016