Jogger Killed by Falling Branch - Former Rugby Player

Katie Ladany played rugby at Bucknell University. Another young life lost...too soon.

On Wednesday (Aug. 5) evening, Mary Katherine ("Katie") Ladany was killed by a falling branch from a tree as she jogged through Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Mary was a 2008 graduate of Bucknell University where she was President of the Women's Rugby Club.

"At Bucknell, she joined the Delta Gamma sorority and was president of the rugby club team. Carrie Ingoldsby, a former coach and assistant director in the university campus activities department, described her as enthusiastic and genuine." 
"She could be that tough rugby player, but she was also so kind and warm," Ingoldsby recalled. "We just lost such a wonderful person."

A private funeral for Mary Katherine Ladany will be held Tuesday in Montclair, N.J.

A memorial fund will be established through the Murrell Dobbins Alumni Fund. Details have not been established. Delta Gamma alumnae in the Philadelphia area and from the Epsilon Beta-Bucknell chapter are working to establish a Delta Gamma scholarship in memory of Ladany. For more information, visit or contact the executive offices, 614-481-8169.

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The EPRU extends its heartfelt sympathies to the Ladany family.