Dr. and Mrs. Ricardo Syklawer of Dothan, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Erica Elaine Syklawer, to Dr. Neel Mukul Kumar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mukul Kumar of Snohomish, Wash.
The bride elect's grandparents are Edith Newton Hilburn of Crestview, and the late Howard Edward Hilburn, and Mr. and Mrs. William Syklawer of Miami.
Erica, a 2002 graduate of Houston Academy, graduated magna cum laude with University Honors from the University of South Alabama in 2005. She received a B.A. in art history and a minor in chemistry and was president of Chi Omega Sorority.
Erica graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2010. She will complete residency training in pathology at the University of Texas at Houston in 2014, and will then complete a dermatopathology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
The future bridegroom is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Sumant Gupta of Irvine, Calif., and Mr. Gajendra Kumar and the late Mrs. Kamla Kumar of India.
Neel, a 2001 graduate of Snohomish High School, graduated from the University of Washington in 2006 with a B.S. in chemical engineering, a B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in chemistry. He was the treasurer of Theta Xi Fraternity and vice president of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Neel graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2010. He is currently the chief resident in ophthalmology at the Louisiana State University and Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. After residency, Dr. Kumar will pursue an oculoplastic surgical fellowship.
The wedding is Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, with the reception afterward at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.
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