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January 14, 2015

Woman who died in D.C. Metro incident was Drexel grad

Officials have not announced the cause of the smoke

The woman who died on Monday in the Washington, D.C. Metro smoke incident was one of Drexel University's own.

Carol Glover, 61, was a 1976 Drexel graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration and computer science, NBC Philadelphia reports.

The Alexandria, Va., resident and mother of two, and grandmother of one, was beloved by many. Glover was awarded Employee of the Year for 2014 at DKW Communications, where she was a senior business analyst. The company's president and CEO, Darryl Washington, spoke very highly of Glover to the Washington Post.

“Carol was warm, kind and a joy to be around,” he said.

Glover's family on Tuesday remembered her as "an amazing, strong woman... who had a smile that could light up a room," reported.

"Carol grew up in D.C. and lived in Alexandria. She was a generous, warm, hard-working woman," said Suzanne Glover, Carol's daughter-in-law, adding that the family was devastated by her "tragic and sudden loss."

Iris Tessimy, Glover's 92-year-old neighbor, told the Post that Glover was always offering her a helping hand.

"If [Glover] sees me going to the drugstore, and she’s at home, she’ll come out and she’ll say, ‘Mom, let me drop you.' ”

In a riveting account of the aftermath of the incident, the Post told how passengers on the train near L'Enfant Plaza station said Glover was sitting calmly, then suddenly slumped to the floor and got on her hands and knees. Passenger Jonathan Rogers recalled the incident:

“She was kind of murmuring to herself,” he said. “When she got down on all fours, she kept saying to me, ‘Fan me,’ . . . and I tried to fan her.

“She kept saying, ‘I can’t, I can’t . . .,’ and then she laid down and she just wasn’t responding.”

Nearly 70 people were sent to the hospital due to the incident, which NBC reported was an electrical malfunction. Glover was the only person who died. Her official cause of death was not reported.