Middlebury President Ronald Liebowitz sent the following message to students, faculty and staff of Middlebury College following the death last week of Nathan Alexander, a second-year student from Denver, Colorado. The College continues to provide counseling services and opportunities for students to come together to discuss the impact of this loss on our community. Tomorrow we will publish a story about Nathan.

April 2, 2015

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

It is my sad duty to report that Nathan Alexander, member of the class of 2017, died earlier today. We know this comes as a great shock to his many friends, classmates, and faculty members. Public Safety discovered Nathan after receiving a request from a fellow student who was concerned about his whereabouts. EMT officers responded immediately, but were unable to revive him. Of course his family is only beginning to absorb the news, as are we.

Nathan was a graduate of The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he was on the varsity sailing team and co-head of the Hotchkiss Political Union. During those years before Middlebury, he attended the 2010 New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf. At Middlebury College, Nathan was interested in economics and public policy. He was a member of the Socially Responsible Investment Group, Hillel, the Southern Society, and Architecture Table.

At a difficult time such as this, I encourage everyone on campus to look out for one another.

Friends, students, staff, and faculty are invited to gather this afternoon from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge. Staff members from the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Parton Center for Health and Wellness, and members of the Commons teams will be there to offer support.

I encourage students who would like additional assistance to contact your Commons deans or the counseling staff in the Parton Center at 802-443-5141.

I know you will join with me in extending our deepest sympathies to Nathan’s family and friends.