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Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archive

The Syracuse University Archives established this special archive in 1990 to bring together in one place materials generated regarding the disaster and make those materials available for research, and to provide a place to personalize our students whose lives were lost; where their families can donate materials by or about them to let the world know in some way what has been lost by their deaths. In 2006 the scope of the Archives was expanded to include all 270 victims.

Services Planned

To mark the 25th anniversary, of Pan Am 103, five services are planned in the United States and the United Kingdom on Saturday, Dec. 21 (please note that all times listed are local times). Syracuse University will be represented by staff members, students and/or alumni at each location.

On the SU campus, a service of hope and remembrance will begin at 2:03 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel, followed by a procession to the Wall of Remembrance. All are welcome to attend.

Other services include:

  • Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Va., at the Pan Am 103 Memorial Cairn at 1:30 p.m.
  • New York City at SU’s Lubin House (11 East 61st St., in Manhattan) at 2:03 p.m. Those wishing to attend this service are asked to RSVP to Scott Austin at
  • Westminster Abbey, London, England at 6:45 p.m.
  • Lockerbie, Scotland at Dryfesdale Cemetery at 2 p.m. and at Dryfesdale Church at 6:30 p.m.

Many of the Lockerbie Scholars have joined local officials and clergy in planning and carrying out the services in Lockerbie. The Scholars are hosting a gathering on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Lockerbie Academy Assembly Hall. For more information, contact Jessica Liddon at

Hendricks Chapel Dean Tiffany Steinwert and Lockerbie’s Rev. Sandy Stoddart have composed a Common Prayer, an ecumenical statement distributed widely – especially via social media – and intended to be read on Dec. 21, 2013 at 2:03 p.m. (Eastern time, 7:03 p.m. Greenwich time). The prayer appears below.

Newhouse, Alexia Foundation to Hold Pan Am 103 Commemorative Event

The Newhouse School, in partnership with the Alexia Foundation, will host a presentation and panel discussion on the power of photography to effect social change on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Read more


Sen. George J. Mitchell spoke about the state of peace in the world during Tuesday's University Lecture, part of the University's commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Pan Am 103. Mitchell engaged in dialogue with Maxwell Dean James Steinberg.

Lockerbie Reflections

When people first hear of Lockerbie, Scotland, they learn about the tragedy that is Pan Am Flight 103. When people first envision Lockerbie, Scotland, they picture the devastation of a plane crash. When people first visit Lockerbie, Scotland, however—they experience a quiet, humble and welcoming town—a town that was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read more

Common Prayer for Peace Appeals to Global Community

A message of hope has begun its journey across the globe. How many eyes see it and how many mouths speak it likely will never be known. But its purpose is clear: to instill a sense of resolve from sorrowful acts of the past to help ensure they never occur again. Read more

Guarding angels: Judy O’Rourke receives honor for work with Remembrance, Lockerbie scholars

O’Rourke, director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies in Academic Affairs, will receive an Order of the British Empire at a ceremony later this year. Read more

A Delicate Web of Remembrance

School of Architecture students and faculty have conceived and constructed a delicate web of dozens of lines of string blended into a structured, yet fragile, design honoring those lost 25 years ago in the bombing of Pan Am 103. Read more

Pan Am 103 History

Pan Am 103At 6:25 p.m. on Dec. 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 departed London’s Heathrow Airport, bound for John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. The flight was carrying 16 crew members and 243 passengers, including 35 students who had just completed a semester of study abroad in London or Florence, Italy, through Syracuse University’s Division of International Programs Abroad.

One half-hour later, at 7:03 p.m. as the Boeing 747—named Clipper Maid of the Seas—leveled off at 31,000 feet, just north of the England-Scotland border, an explosion blew a basketball-sized hole in the fuselage. Over the next several minutes, the plane broke apart and plummeted to the ground.

All 259 men, women and children on the plane were killed, along with 11 residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, where the fuselage landed, causing a massive explosion.

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Telling the Stories: The Pan Am Flight 103 Story Archive Project

In conjunction with other events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and the Syracuse University Pan Am 103 25th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, with Syracuse Symposium™ in the SU Humanities Center, are sponsoring Telling the Stories: The Pan Am Flight 103 Story Archives Project. Telling the Stories gathers narratives from those who have personal knowledge of Pan Am Flight 103.These stories may include memories of the 270 people who lost their lives in the bombing, of the days immediately following the disaster, of the effect the bombing had on individuals, local communities and nations, and how Pan Am 103 has shaped the world we live in today.

Relevant voices may be found in, but are not limited to, the following groups: family and friends of the victims; alumni who studied abroad in London through Syracuse University during fall semester, 1988; former Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars; faculty and staff of Syracuse University; members of the Lockerbie community and; those involved with the aftermath of the tragedy.

The project will have two components. The first will be a gathering of traditional oral histories, which will take place on campus during Remembrance Week October, 7-12. There may be the potential for gathering traditional oral histories remotely through Adobe Connect Pro or other software.

The second component will invite user-created content submitted by those who would like to have more creative control over the final product. These can be done in any style the individual chooses, but must conform to certain format standards for sharing and preservation purposes; or, they may follow a digital storytelling format. Information regarding digital storytelling will be provided to anyone interested.

Participation in multiple components of this project by individuals is encouraged. Storytellers may choose to submit their own video in their personal style and may also participate in a traditional oral history session and/or digital storytelling.


The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholarships honor the victims of Pan Am 103 and continue our promise to remember and to learn.

Upcoming Events

View a listing of this fall's events surrounding the 25th anniversary of Pan Am 103.

Events Calendar

The Remembrance Quilt

Remembrance Quilt

The Remembrance Quilt was created by the 1998-99 Remembrance Scholars with the assistance of experienced quilters and other members of the University community. That year marked the 10th anniversary of the bombing and the Remembrance Quilt was the brainchild of Remembrance Scholar Kimberly Hamilton. With the assistance of experienced quilters, Hamilton and the other scholars designed a quilt that featured a square for each of the 35 SU victims. The families were contacted and asked to send materials that had been meaningful to their child and could be used to make the squares. The final design for the quilt was done by Jeanne Riley and features the Dove of Peace, which was designed by Jonathan Hoefer '91, a friend of victim Mark Lawrence Tobin, and was first used in a Christmas card design. Tobin's mother, who was also a quilter, offered the Dove for use in the center panel. The Quilt was completed in the Spring of 1999.