Paul Lafargue was comfortable in many cultures. Born in Brazil, he attended college in England and France and lived in Norway, Peru, Singapore and the United States. So when this handsome, gregarious guy with a perpetual smile arrived for the Penn Law LLM program in 2007, it did not take him long to become one of the most popular members of his class. And that's why his sudden loss shocked so many of his classmates.
Lafargue, a nationally ranked swimmer in France and champion in South America, drowned while surfing in Brazil on winter break. In response to the tragedy, his classmates established a soccer tournament which culminates with the awarding of the Paul Lafarge Cup. (Lafargue also loved soccer.)
The first tournament took place last school year. Conor B. McLaughlin GL'11, who organized the tournament, said: "It was important to get a tradition going." He said he hopes to make it an annual event. Students interested in playing in future tournaments should contact McLaughlin at cmaclochlainn@ yahoo.com.