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Mary Amelia Koback ’17

Mary Amelia Koback of Charlotte, NC, died peacefully in her sleep on 10/26/19. She was born on 9/25/98 in Rockville, MD. Her childhood in Gaithersburg, MD, was full of joy. She was a 2017 high school graduate of Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA, and was an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was working toward declaring a major in Neuroscience. She was an accomplished pianist, actor, and singer. She was a quick and strong athlete, who once arm wrestled and beat every challenger in her middle-school class, including all the boys. She competed on many teams in swimming, triathlon, soccer, cross country running, and – most-impressively – water polo. She was a leading scorer on the women’s water polo teams both in high school at Williston, where she earned the Most Improved Player award in 2015, and in college at Pitt, where she earned the Rookie of the Year award in 2018. She was also a dedicated lifeguard at many pools and a member of the land activity team at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where she expertly taught and served guests on the ziplines, jump platforms, and ropes courses. She was insightful and brave. She was caring and supportive to her family and friends, whom she loved and cherished. She leaves her parents, grandparents, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and dogs, all of whom will love and miss her forever. Her memorial service is private, but gifts in her memory can be made to the University of Pittsburgh Women’s Water Polo Team Club at the following link: