Update: UTC Student Dies While Traveling Overseas

June 21st

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) — We have more on the life of Brooke Winslett. She’s the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student who died while on a trip overseas.

Here are the details released by the Soddy-Daisy funeral home handling the arrangements:

Brooke Winslett, a UTC student, passed away in Athens, Greece, on Saturday, June 18, during a trip to Rome and Greece.

Rebecca Brooke Winslett was born on March 28, 1981.  She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Gene Winslett and William R. “Bob” Griffith.  She is survived by her parents, Joe and Belinda Griffith Winslett; sister, Ali Jo, brother, Joey; grandmother, Rebecca “Betty Jo” Boyd Griffith; all of Chattanooga; and grandmother, Dot Winslett of Hueytown, Alabama.  She is also survived by uncles Wendell McQuirk of Murfreesboro; Tim Winslett of Bristol, Virginia; and Shane Winslett of Hueytown; and aunts, Cynthia Garcia of Whiteside, Tennessee; Sharon Prayter of Hueytown; Barbara Griffith Moffett of Fort Worth, TX and Tracy Griffith Longobardi of Chattanooga; and a host of cousins and friends who drew inspiration from her life and joy from her presence.

Brooke was a lifelong learner and an avid student of history, literature and genealogy.  She was knowledgeable about British royalty, World War II and the impact of the Holocaust.  She had an encyclopedic knowledge of her family’s 250-year history as pioneers in Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia.  With family and friends, she traveled to the Badlands of South Dakota and to the Caribbean.   Last year she toured the British Isles and even kissed the Blarney Stone.  She had anticipated this trip with the greatest of joy and, upon arriving in Rome, said she finally understood why author Augusta Evans compared the view from Lookout Mountain to the view from the hills of Rome.  She was a tireless advocate for the “handicapable” and counted as the highlights of her life her work as a docent and student speaker during a 2007 exhibit on the Holocaust and her meetings with Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin and reality TV star Amy Roloff and others who spoke up for human rights.  Brooke attended Soddy-Daisy High School, where she won the Trojan Award for her determination to succeed, and Chattanooga State, before transferring to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She loved UTC with an intensity and devotion, calling it her “true home.”  She was proud to be a student there and felt she had accomplished one of her life’s goals by becoming a UTC student.

Funeral arrangements are pending by Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Soddy-Daisy, TN 843-2525 Share your memories, stories and photos at www.legacyfuneralhome.com.


June 20th noon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) – Students and faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are mourning the passing of Brooke Winslett, a student who inspired others with her lifelong joy of learning and her determination to overcome physical challenges.

Brooke was part of a group of UTC students touring Rome and Greece, when she became ill and suddenly died.  Her mother is in Greece now working with authorities who are investigating the cause of her death.

Her companions on the trip are devastated by her passing. They held an impromptu memorial service on the beach at Glyfada, spelling out her name in stones and putting candles inside the name.  They held hands and spoke of her wonderful qualities, then tossed the stones into the Aegean Sea.

Brooke Winslett

June 20th 12:20am

By the Loop staff

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/TheLoop) – Officials with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga confirm that a student traveling abroad has died.

Here is the information released by University Relations:


Dear Members of the Campus Community,
The University mourns the death of Brooke Winslett, one of a group of UTC students touring Italy and Greece. Brooke died from unexpected medical conditions while in Greece. An autopsy is being conducted by authorities in Athens.

Brooke’s mother is traveling to Greece to work with authorities who are investigating the cause of her death. UTC officials remain in close communication with the family, and Dr. Nancy Badger will remain in Athens to assist the family.

Before preparing to return to Chattanooga on Monday, Brooke’s companions on the trip held an impromptu memorial service on the beach at Glyfada, lighting candles and remembering her wonderful qualities.

The UTC Counseling Center is offering grief counseling to those in need. Visit the Counseling Center in the University Center during office hours this week.

Details for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.


Please keep Brooke and her many family members and friends in your thoughts.


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