Low Speed Chase Victim Gets Posthumous Degree

One of the people who died during a sailing race around the Farallon Islands will get a college degree posthumously this weekend.

By Jodi Hernandez
|  Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 6:38 PM PDT
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Jordan Froom died doing something he loved and that gives his mother a small level of comfort.

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Jordan Froom died doing something he loved and that gives his mother a small level of comfort.

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 Lori Fromm never thought her son would lose his life doing the one thing he loved most, but that is what happened. 

 Jordan Fromm, 25, died with four other sailors when a massive wave hit their boat Low Speed Chase near the Farallon Islands last month.  
 
"Yes it's cruel. He should have had another 50-60 years but I do take comfort. I saw him the day before and he had a big smile on his face and he was so happy," Lori Fromm said.
 
Her son had been sailing since he was two years old and was on the cusp of turning his life long passion for the sport into a career.
 
Jordan Fromm was supposed to graduate from Domican University with a business degree this weekend. He hoped the degree would help him open his own boat restoration company.  
 
The university president will award Fromm's degree to his parents at Saturday's ceremony. 
 
"What he discovered at Dominican was if he talked about his passion which was sailing he could find his own voice and all of a sudden he learned to write. He learned to speak," Mary Marcy, Dominican University President said.   
 
 
Fromm's mother says she hopes the accident that took her son's life won't deter others from sailing, adding everything in life has risks.
 
"I think we'd all like to find some reasons to try to prevent these things from happening but I don't think we can sometimes life is going to happen and it's devastating when it does," Lori Fromm said.
 
The college set up a scholarship fund in Jordan's name.
 
To make a gift online, visit www.dominican.edu/about/giving and click on the link Jordan Fromm Scholarship Fund and complete the donation form.
 

Or you could write a check payable to Dominican University of California and include a notation Fromm Scholarship on the memo line. Checks can be dropped off in Guzman 101 or mailed to Dominican, ATTN: Advancement Office Dominican University of California 50 Acacia Avenue
 San Rafael, CA 94901-2298.

 

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