On Saturday, November 5, from 9pm-2am The Corner Bar will be hosting an event, welcome to the public, to honor and remember Elizabeth Slack Pignatello, a graduate of Rockford High School is left us too soon. Elizabeth, 39, of Alexandria,VA died Sunday, August 7, 2011 in a private airplane crash. Born in Washington, D.C., on October 29, 1971, Elizabeth grew up in Rockford, Michigan, the daughter of Enid L. Robinson and Robert J. Slack, stepdaughter of Collin Robinson, and sister of the late Erik B. Slack.
Elizabeth graduated with honors from Rockford High School and pursued a B.A. in American Culture and History at the University of Michigan, where she served as editor of Michigan Daily and co-chair
of the American Culture Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1993 and returned to her birthplace to attend the Washington College of Law at American University. There, Elizabeth continued to distinguish herself as editor of Journal of Gender
& the Law, student attorney in the Clinical Program and member of Women’s Law Association. After earning her Juris Doctor in 1996, she was admitted to both the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar, and specialized in civil litigation.
In 2008, Elizabeth founded an intellectual property law practice and maintained an active corporate and securities law practice concentrating on securities regulation and compliance. She was also of counsel at Cameron LLP in Washington, D.C. In the last year of her life, Elizabeth found true love and happiness with Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D. Beebe, 42, who also died in the plane crash. Shannon, an accomplished pilot, author and recognized security expert on Africa, was a combination of heroism and humility. He and Elizabeth shared a love of travel, reading and art, but mostly, they preferred spending time with close friends and her two young children.