Arna Friend passed away unexpectedly at her home in Wilmington, NC on September 29, 2023.
She was born and raised in Ithaca, NY where she still has numerous friends and family. Many will remember Arna as a talented ballerina or as a fabulous chef. Others knew her as a brilliant mathematician.
She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2012 followed by a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2014, both from Binghamton University. After graduation she became an expert in the field of synthetic aperture radar (SAR).
Arna is survived by her partner Sean Williams, her fur babies Mishka, Mouse, and Avenger, her mother Laura Boswell Thornton (Tom Thornton), her father Paul Friend, and her siblings Lars Friend (Kate Friend), Peter Friend, and Nadia Friend. Uncles and aunts: Louise Friend (Zach Miller), Bill Friend (Sabrina Friend), Andrea Boswell, Jim Boswell (Lorin Boswell), cousins Ethan, Ezra, and Kate, Cameron and Julian, Tara, Joseph and Samantha, Tom and John.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code https://girlswhocode.com/ or to the SPCA of Tompkins County, where Arna met her beloved dog Bandit.
A celebration of life will be held for Arna at a later date in Ithaca, NY.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation. Please leave condolences for the family on her Tribute Wall at www.wilmingtoncares.com