Sanchita HalderWHITMAN COUNTY, Wash – The Washington State Patrol reported that
Sanchita Halder, 34, died after a head-on automobile accident on Highway 26 a few miles west of Colfax Monday night. Haldar was a doctoral student at Washington State University in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
In a letter to faculty, staff and students, Dean of Students
Christian Wuthrich wrote, “It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Sanchita Haldar, a graduate student at Washington State University, passed away yesterday, June 6.”
Haldar’s primary work focused on the post-harvest physiology and genomics of sweet cherries. One of her mentors, genomicist
Cameron Peace, said, “Sanchita was a great person. She will be sorely missed.”
Another mentor, 
John Fellman, said Halder was dedicated to her research and was in the process of making important progress in the understanding of the way cherries ripen.
N. Richard Knowles, chair of the horticulture department, pointed out that Halder had “recently completed all her coursework and passed her preliminary examination for the Ph.D. degree. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sanchita’s friends and family.”
Haldar earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture at Banaras Hindu University and held a master’s degree in biotechnology from the University of Baroda, India.
The driver of the other vehicle in the accident was taken to a Spokane hospital and remains in serious condition.

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