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Facebook post helps reunite UW grad with lost ring

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Lost, then found. A UW graduate is reunited with her missing class ring thanks to a young man who turned to the UWAA’s Facebook page for help. The story was featured on KING-5 TV.

Eric Brill was determined to find the lost ring’s owner after his dad stumbled upon it one night at Valley Medical Center in Renton. A student at Western Washington University who was home for the spring break, Eric posted a note to the UWAA Facebook page and we chatted back and forth for the better part of the day.

He had discovered a name inscribed on the inside of the ring, and using the alumni database I found a woman I thought to be the owner. I called her up and, yes, it was hers!

But that’s not what makes the story so incredible.

Turns out, Judith Petersen is very sick. She earned a degree from the UW in her 40s while raising a family and working full-time at Boeing. That’s part of the reason why the ring means so much to her—it represents a lifetime of hard work. It’s such a keepsake, in fact, that she wants to be buried with it. When I asked Judith if it was missing, she had no idea the ring was even gone. I contacted Eric and relayed the story to him, and he was just as stunned as I was. He said he would give her a call and I received this message from him later that night:

Judith has been reunited with her ring! She is a wonderful lady, and she was very happy to have her ring back. I sat down and talked with her about working for Boeing and balancing 16 credits at UW. She’s worked hard to be successful in life, but she’s remained modest and loves to help people. I hope I’ll end up visiting her again sometime. Thanks again for all the help. I made sure (she) knew I didn’t find her all on my own.

So happy for Judith, and so thankful to Eric!

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