Amanda K. Wallinger
The Loyola University Chicago community mourns the death of Amanda “Mandie” K. Wallinger, a medical student in the Stritch School of Medicine.
Mandie was a first-year student from New York. She worked as a paralegal after receiving her bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern University in Boston. While working full time in the legal field, Mandie volunteered for a suicide hotline as a crisis counselor. The experience influenced her decision to go into medicine. She completed post-baccalaureate courses at Harvard Extension School, worked as a health coach for patients struggling with substance abuse, and volunteered with the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline. Mandie’s passion was assisting underserved populations, which is the reason she chose to join the Loyola community to continue her education.
A prayer service will be held in her honor today, March 30, at 12:30 p.m. in the Cuneo Center Atrium on the Health Sciences Campus.
Condolences may be sent to Mandie’s family through Health Sciences Division Ministry, Cuneo Center Room 270, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, IL 60153. Contributions in Mandie’s name can be addressed to the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Office of Advancement.
Student Wellness Services
On the Health Sciences Campus, Ministry (708.216.3245) and Student Affairs (708.216.3220) personnel are available to anyone seeking resources or counseling. Perspectives is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 800.456.6327. For online resources, simply go to SAPlogin.perspectivesltd.com and enter username: LUC500 and password: perspectives.
On the lakeside campuses, Wellness Center (773.508.2530) and Campus Ministry (773.508.2200) staff members are available to assist those in need on an individual basis. Please do not hesitate to reach out to a staff or faculty member if you are in need of services of any kind.
Mandie will be deeply missed by her classmates, instructors, friends, and colleagues from Stritch. Please remember her friends and family in your prayers.