Emily Selke, a 2013 graduate of Drexel University, and her mother, Yvonne Ciarlo Selke, a 1975 graduate of Springfield High School in Delaware County, had a close relationship.
"They were very supportive of each other. It was sweet to see. It was like the ideal mother-daughter relationship," said Xela Batchelder, an assistant professor at Drexel.
The Selkes were traveling Tuesday on the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the southern French Alps. There were no survivors among the 150 people aboard Flight 9525 from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.
The younger Selke, 22, was a music-industry major at Drexel and graduated with honors, the university said in a statement.
Batchelder said she met Selke when the Drexel student took her touring-management course. Selke then studied with Batchelder in Edinburgh, Scotland, and later as the only American student invited to attend the European Festivals Association's training camp in Barcelona for future festival managers.
Selke's mother went to Edinburgh to support her daughter and to help her move to Barcelona.
With Batchelder, Selke was a founding member in 2013 of the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival. Selke's mother attended the inaugural run of the festival last May.
"It was an amazing relationship the two of them had," Batchelder said.
Selke's mother, who graduated in 1979 with a degree in biology from Gannon University in Erie, Pa., was a longtime employee of the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and performed work under contract with the Department of Defense's satellite mapping agency, the Associated Press reported.
Selke was a runner and was listed as a finishing participant along with her mother in a 10K race in Manassas, Va., last year.
At Drexel, Selke joined the Zeta chapter of Gamma Gamma Sigma, a service sorority.
"As a person and friend, Emily always put others before herself and cared deeply for all those in her life," the chapter said in a statement.
Selke was still active with the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, which issued a statement Wednesday on its Facebook page:
"She was instantly likable, passionate about the arts, hard working, and a joy to be around. We cannot replace her. We will never forget her."