Yale grad who landed New Yorker job dies in car accident

Marina Keegan

Journalist and playwright Marina Keegan, who graduated from Yale last week, died in a car accident on Saturday. She was 22.

Keegan, who had been published in the New York Times, planned to start a job at the New Yorker in June. “She was so excited she was going to start work there — that’s all she talked about,” her mother tells the New York Daily News.

DealBook’s William Alden writes:

A writer with a cleareyed sense of purpose, Ms. Keegan argued in her column in DealBook that college students should try to resist the allure of a high-paying job in finance after graduation. She drew on interviews with her peers, asking them to explain why they were headed to Wall Street. The column, which followed a widely read article she wrote for The Yale Daily News, tapped into a national debate about the financial services industry.

Keegan was a passenger in car driven by her boyfriend. The vehicle drifted off the road and hit the right-side guardrail, said a police press release, then “careened back across the road, crashed into the left-side guardrail and rolled over at least twice” before coming to a rest. The boyfriend was hospitalized and expected to recover.

The Yale Daily News reported: “Keegan’s death reverberated throughout the University, eliciting tributes from friends, professors and other members of the Yale community. Yale College Dean Mary Miller informed members of the Yale College community of the tragedy in a Sunday morning email.”

* Marina Keegan dies in car accident (Yale Daily News)
* “She was just one of those amazing, wise souls,” says her mother (NYDN)
* Student journalist who took on Wall Street dies at 22 (NYT)
* Yale grad made the most of her short life (LAT)
* Read the essay Keegan wrote for Yale Daily News’s graduation edition (YDN)