Community informed of student’s death abroad

In a campus-wide e-mail Saturday evening, President Ruth Simmons delivered the tragic news that Arun Stewart ’11, an East Asian studies concentrator from Dallas, Texas, was killed Friday in a fall from a rooftop terrace in Beijing, where he was studying abroad this semester.

Read Monday’s Herald for more. Full text of Simmons’ e-mail after the jump.

Dear Members of the Brown Community,

It is with great sadness that I write to you with the news that Arun
Stewart ’11 died yesterday in Beijing. We learned last night that he
was attending a gathering of friends on the rooftop terrace of a
Beijing apartment building and lost his footing. He was enrolled in
the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP) at
Tsinghua University.

Arun was completing an AB in East Asian Studies at Brown. He was an
exceptional student with a passion for Chinese language and
literature. A graduate of Greenhill School in Dallas, he had lived in
Hong Kong and traveled in mainland China many times. At Tsinghua he
had the ambitious goal of becoming fluent enough in Mandarin to write
and perform creative works that drew on classical texts and familiar
cultural tropes. We will mourn the loss of his
unique creative spirit in our community.

For students who would like to come together to remember Arun, the
Chaplain’s Office will host an informal gathering Sunday evening at
6:00 pm in room 411 of J. Walter Wilson. A memorial service will be
held after Thanksgiving.

Support for students is available through the Office of Student Life,
the Chaplain’s Office, and Psychological Services. Students are
encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life at 863-3145 during
the day; after normal business hours the administrator on call may be
reached through the Department of Public Safety at 863-3322.

Our thoughts are with Arun’s family and friends at this difficult


Ruth J. Simmons

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