Xueting Du, a student in the Weatherhead School of Management’s Master of Science in Management – Finance program, died earlier this month following a medical emergency. She was 23.

“Xueting will be remembered for her dedication and hard work in the MSM Finance program but most importantly, she will be remembered as a great friend, kind and dedicated to so many,” said C N V Krishnan, chair of the Department of Banking and Finance. “It is a sad time in our department and for our students, but we will remember Xueting and her time with us fondly.”

Du, initially from Guiyang in China’s Guizhou Province, earned her undergraduate degree in information and computing science from Minzu University of China.

She came to Case Western Reserve University in August 2017, hoping to gain a deeper professional knowledge of finance and expand her social net.

Du was known as a quiet student, but she often participated in the department’s social events and could often be seen with a tight-knit group of friends.

“She is a genuinely caring and helpful person. No matter what difficulties her friends encountered, she is happy to help them. Besides, she is definitely optimistic and very humorous,” said Zhaoli Xu, a friend and fellow Weatherhead School of Management student.

When her members of her team in class had problems with assignments, Xu remembered, Du was known for her optimism and telling jokes to help her fellow students relax.

Du aspired to be a fund manager at Morgan Stanley, and hoped to work in Shanghai, China, or New York City.

Outside of the classroom, Du enjoyed cooking, often inviting friends over to eat. She also was interested in photography.

“Her photos could capture beautiful things,” Xu said.

After summer break, Du had planned to return to Case Western Reserve University to complete a few final classes. However, the school since has determined she earned enough credits to award her a Master of Science in Management – Finance.

A memorial service will be held on campus this fall. Details will be published in The Daily as they become available.