OBITUARY

Julia E. Ghahramani

Born May 24, 1994

In loving memory of our sweet Julia, who passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2021 at the age of 26, with a world of hope and possibilities still ahead of her, and a life’s worth of accomplishments, love, and joy already behind.

Julia Elizabeth Ghahramani was born on May 24, 1994 in New York City’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and was the eldest child of Lily Ann Marden and Sassan Ghahramani, and the loving sister of Kimberly Ghahramani and Gregory Ghahramani. In Greenwich, she attended the Parkway Elementary School, Central Middle School, Greenwich High School, Beacon School, and Riverdale Country School in the Bronx.

In 2012, Julia moved to her beloved New York City to attend Columbia University. She graduated from Columbia College in 2016 with flying colors, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Moving from Morningside Heights to the East Village, Julia spent a year after Columbia working as a production assistant at WNBC News 4 New York, where management would have such confidence in her that they would soon send her on interviews despite her lack of any experience in that area. Julia then threw herself into her graduate degree studies at Columbia Law School, where she obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 2020, and was awarded and recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Julia was also proud to be an active member of and contributor to the prestigious Columbia Law Review, where one of her most cherished moments was a trip to Washington DC to meet with her hero and fellow Law Review alumna, the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, before she passed.

After the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootings in Florida, Julia helped organize and lead the New York March for Our Lives demonstrations in the spring of 2018 as the movement’s deputy director and press liaison, speaking on the steps of City Hall. Driven and always active, Julia also worked while in school at organizations including the International Crisis Group, the NY State Office of the Attorney General, the Center for Popular Democracy, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she did an externship for the Honorable Robert D. Sack.

Julia had only just embarked last year on an exciting new career in the litigation department of the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where in a few brief months she touched and made a powerful impression on her colleagues like she would on every person she would meet.

Vivacious, fun, full of laughter, joy, and love, and with a mind that was brilliant beyond words, Julia had a heart that was so large and deep with empathy it would always seek to protect the underdog and reach out to those in need. As a first-year associate, Julia would throw herself into her pro-bono work with refugees, abused women, and prisoners with every inch of her being. For Julia, there was no other way.

Julia would always, without fail, make time to reach out to her mom, dad, brother and sister, grandmothers, cousins, and friends. She would chat and talk of her life, but the conversation would always turn to how are you doing, because what she was doing was checking in on you, and because she cared so very much. She would engage with strangers and with people of all ages and backgrounds, the bodega and laundromat workers, the neighborhood doormen and waiters, because it was connecting with people that she loved most. And everyone she met would remember Julia.

Julia was sweet, brash, and bold. It seems that since the day she was born, Julia would put herself out there, with full gusto and a big smile. Her fifth-grade yearbook read, “My favorite Parkway memory was in second grade when Mrs. Schutzman’s class hatched ducklings. My favorite book is Mortal Engine, a story that takes place 1,000 years in the future. I want to be the president of the United States when I grow up. (Vote for me!)” As one of her childhood friends laughed, that last line was so Julia, especially the plug for a vote!

Julia could speed through hundreds of pages of reading in a matter of a day or two, be it a novel or the most complex academic or legal documents, and amazingly, retain it all. She would seem to effortlessly absorb and analyze current affairs and the news, yet also take enormous pleasure in the softest and smallest things of life. She would regularly beat her dad in Jeopardy, in seemingly every category under the sun, and they would laugh about it as his heart burst with pride.

Julia loved music – she had a strong and beautiful singing voice and for fun taught herself guitar. She loved to socialize, pop culture and silly gossip, museums and art, goofy animal memes, her dog Charlotte and her plants, sushi dinners and parties with friends, and taking in the rhythms of her East Village neighborhood.

Beneath it all, Julia felt things personally and deeply, driven by a burning desire to make everything right and this world a better place for all. In her 11th grade yearbook, Julia wrote that her future goal was, “To change the world, one way or another!” Dear Julia, you did that from day one, and then so many times over.

Julia was the apple of Lily Ann and Sassan’s eyes and a shining star to her twin siblings Kimberly and Gregory, to her aunts, uncles, grandmothers, cousins, and to all the friends, family, and strangers she so deeply touched in the brief but brilliant, years she blessed us with her love, joy, wisdom, and laughter.

Julia’s senior high school yearbook quote was simple, beautiful but unusually simple for a mind that raced at the speed of light. It was not about her, or about the challenges of future life as seen through the eyes of a teen. Rather, she just wrote, “Thank you Mom, Dad, Kim, and Greg, for everything. Love always, Julia.”

Thank you, Julia, for everything. Mom, Dad, Kim, and Greg love you, too. Always. __________________________________________________________________________________ A memorial for Julia will be held on Sunday, April 25th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at Indian Harbor Yacht Club, 710 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT. Family, friends, colleagues and loved ones who wish to remember together and celebrate her life may RSVP via http://evite.me/kSTAanbmmc

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
25 April

Memorial Service

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Indian Harbor Yacht Club

710 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT 06830

To RSVP http://evite.me/kSTAanbmmc

Memories

Julia E. Ghahramani

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Ankeet Ball

March 24, 2021

I met Julia on my first day of Literature Humanities, a seminal class at Columbia College and one of the first you must take. All semester I was struck by her brilliance, introspection, and grasp of the great works. She was one of those people who reminded me constantly how special it was that I got to go to Columbia and exchange ideas with people like her. We fell out of touch from that class, but the news of her passing has impaled me right through the heart. No surprises that she lived a life of learning and purpose since we last convened, and I will never pick up a LitHum book again without thinking of her. A monumental loss, my deepest condolences.

Keya Shah

March 23, 2021

I first met Julia in 2011, our senior year of high school. Her unique energy always filled the room with laughter and happiness. Julia was bold, silly, adventurous while I was shy and quiet. We seemed like polar opposites, yet our friendship was so easy. Her energy and warmth was so contagious. I will always cherish the memories we shared from our first time meeting at a school rafting trip to our epic senior year vacation to the Bahamas 💛

Hussein Mohamed

March 23, 2021

My condolences on the passing of Julia. I am so sorry to hear that Julia passed away. I am heartbroken at this sorrowful news.

Julia was a loving, brilliant and passionate young woman.

Lovely prayers and sincere sympathy.

Jason Lipiec

March 23, 2021

Lily Ann, Sassan, Kim and Gregory. My condolences on the passing of Julia. While I never met her, your lovely remembrance and the memories posted by others, display the wonderful person she was.

With Love,

Jason

Barbara Lupo

March 22, 2021

I am heartbroken at this sorrowful news. Julia was my second grade student at Parkway School in Greenwich. From the minute she walked into my classroom, her light shone with a brilliance. I called Julia my "secretary" because she always knew where everything was in the classroom. Her intellect and curiosity was such that when the class was studying basic geography skills, I prepared Julia a packet of 4th grade map skills. Which she quickly completed! A wonderful writer , reader, artist, and all around excellent student was Julia. She had "fun" hair which I would always ask her," Can you cut that gorgeous hair and make me a wig?" She'd laugh and shake her hair!! The summer after I taught her, she invited me to her art show at SUNY Purchase . Impressive and inspiring and a student I loved beyond words, Julia. May her family take comfort in the memories she shared with them. Julia, fly high and let your light shine on us all . Farewell, My Sweet girl. My heart cries for you. Love, Barbara Lupo ( Schutzman)

Joan Goss

March 21, 2021

The Light that is Julia will never be extinguished
She shines on beyond the veil reminding us all to live on as she lived in joy and kindness and with an open mind and an open heart.

I see your beautiful, shining face and rejoice that I have known such a bright and brilliant light. Shine on, my young friend! Shine on!

Kathy Steiner

March 21, 2021

Dear Lily, Sassan, Kim and Greg- I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Julia- a loving, brilliant and passionate young woman. My heart aches for you, and I hope all of the thoughts and prayers, sent to you from family and friends, give you a little bit of solace and peace during this difficult time.
Always in my heart.
Kathy Steiner

Margaret Copp

March 21, 2021

Julia will always be in my heart. Her loving, genuine soul is what I will remember most. She will be a bright star forever and always.
With love, prayers, and sincere sympathy,
Margaret Copp

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY