Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund

Alicia Titus

Alicia Nicole Titus
June 11, 1973 – September 11, 2001

Alicia was killed in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. She was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund was established at Urbana University in August 2002, by the Titus family and church friends, all of whom have close affiliations with the University.  The purpose of the fund is to carry out the legacy and spirit of Alicia’s life by sponsoring programs for the University and community that promote and support a culture of peace.

Alicia lived her life in peace and harmony and longed for a world in which people would learn to get along with one another. After her violent death, her parents, John and Bev Titus, began speaking out for peace and justice issues.  They joined, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (, whose unifying credo is to “turn our grief into action for peace.”

Alicia’s family, church, community, and friends desire to remember her as an exuberant and vital young woman whose life was dedicated to the pursuit of peaceful living among human beings and loving service to others.  As her father, John Titus stated, “She totally opposed violence, hate, prejudice, killing or any unkind act against another living thing. Her true nature and human existence were totally opposite of the evil forces that took her life.” (Memorial Service, September 17, 2001)

After losing their daughter Alicia in the 9/11 attacks, John '77 and Beverly (Bev) Titus '90 have continued advocating for peace education in the community and at Urbana by assisting with the UU Student Peace Alliance. After a spring meeting, "More than half of the students said they were concerned about the growing violence not only within our community, but on campus within the year. We talked about things to do to create a culture of peace on campus and how we might carry that our into the community," Bev said.

Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund Volunteers Clean Up Railroad Street in Urbana

On Saturday, September 12 the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund sponsored a “Day of Service” as a way to “give back” to the community. Thirty three volunteers came together to serve in memory of Alicia and others who lost their lives or have been impacted by the attacks of 9/11. The group spent several hours cleaning up Railroad Street in Urbana. 

John Titus, Alicia’s father, remarked, “We thank the City of Urbana for the opportunity to serve. We also thank the Urbana University Students and faculty, friends and family, community members, and three very special neighborhood children that helped as well. It was a great experience.”

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund sponsors programs for the community and Urbana University that promote and support a culture of peace. Service opportunities continue throughout the year. To learn more about these initiatives or to volunteer, contact Bev Titus at



Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run for Peace Past Results



Thank you to all who participated!

Contact the Advancement Office at (937) 772-9246 or via email to find out how to contribute to the AlicaTitus Memorial Peace Fund.

More About the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund

Types of programs: speakers, panels, seminars, workshops, courses, training programs, peace camps, mentoring programs

Subjects: non-violence; conflict resolution; peace studies; understanding and appreciating diversity; understanding World Religions

Gifts to this fund are tax exempt and may be mailed to: The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund, c/o Urbana University Institutional Advancement Office, 579 College Way, Urbana, OH  43078. 

Events that Benefit or Are Sponsored by the Alicia Titus Fund

Titus Peace Fund to Host Speaker at Urbana University

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund in conjunction with Urbana University and the Dayton International Peace Museum will be hosting former Army Captain, Iraq War Veteran, noted author and international speaker on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Urbana University Student Center. Paul will be joining the vigil for domestic violence at 7:00 p.m. and begin his presentation entitled “World Peace is Possible” at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and promises to be an eye-opening event from someone who has a unique and refreshing perspective on “waging peace” in the midst of war.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated, “He can help people everywhere understand why war must end, and how together we can end it.

Paul K. Chappell is a West Point graduate, Iraq War Veteran and former captain who serves as Peace leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Part African-American, part Asian, and part Caucasian, Chappell grew up in a violent household in Alabama with a father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Chappell has spoken at over fifty colleges and universities, several international events, numerous community groups, along with appearances on The Tavis Smiley Show, C-SPAN/Book TV and PBS.

Please join us on October 8th. Contact John or Bev Titus at (937)663-5360 or Tammy Leiker at Urbana University at (937)772-9246 for additional information. 

Ohio Chautauqua Troupe

"One of the blessings I have been given in the midst of all of this hopelessness is a greater compassion, new hope for a brighter tomorrow, keener insight and understanding with an ever-growing love in my heart."

John Titus, Board of Trustee Member and Alumnus