University Statements


Presidential condolences on the death of sophomore William Sinclair

March 11, 2010

Dear fellow Cornellians,

This morning we learned with deep sadness that we have lost a member of our community whose body was found in the Fall Creek gorge. I am saddened, as I know you are, that another life with unfulfilled promise has been lost.

On behalf of the entire Cornell community, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the family of our student, William Sinclair, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, and to his many friends who will always carry the memory of happier times in their hearts. Please join me in keeping them foremost in your thoughts in the days ahead as we mourn this tragic loss of life. For understandable reasons, and out of deference to the family, you will understand that we will not be able to comment on the circumstances of this tragedy until the investigation has been completed by the Ithaca Police Department.

I do want to acknowledge the toll we all may be experiencing from repeated losses already this year. I sincerely hope that you will join me in reaching out to your classmates, roommates, colleagues and friends to cherish the memories you have of those who have departed us, and to renew your commitment to each other. It is important to take the time, regularly, to reflect on the many things for which we should be grateful and on how best to overcome, together, the daily challenges we must face.

Counseling and support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. If you have concerns about your health or the well being of a fellow Cornellian, please contact Gannett Health Services by phone 24/7 (607-255-5155). Students can reach Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on campus by calling that same number, or calling EARS at 255-3277. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is available 24/7 by calling (800) 327-2255 and selecting option 1. For Cornell United Religious Work (CURW), call 255-4214.

Sincerely,

David Skorton
President