UPDATE: The driver of the car that struck and killed Avi Schaefer ’13 Friday morning was charged with drunk driving, according to vice president for public affairs and University relations Marisa Quinn. Read browndailyherald.com for more. The original post is below.
Avi Schaefer ’13 was struck by a car on Thayer St. this morning, dying from injuries sustained in the accident, President Ruth Simmons wrote in an e-mail to the Brown community just before noon on Friday.
“By all early signs, he was a student who was going to make the most of his time at Brown and his mark on the world after Brown,” she wrote.
Simmons’ message included details on grief support and Schaefer’s time at Brown. Below, the full text of her e-mail.
Dear Members of the Brown Community,
I am profoundly saddened to write you with the news that, early this morning, Avi Schaefer ‘13 was struck by a car on Thayer Street, and died from injuries sustained in the accident.
A young man of inordinate strength and integrity, Avi had already begun to have an impact on the Brown community. In his first semester he distinguished himself in courses in political thought, religious studies, and Arabic. By all early signs, he was a student who was going to make the most of his time at Brown and his mark on the world after Brown.
An American who had become an Israeli citizen, he served for three years in the Israeli Defense Forces before coming to Brown. Here at Brown, he was a passionate voice for improving Israeli-Palestinian relations. Well known, loved, and admired in the Hillel community, Avi worked to foster cross-cultural dialogues to help others understand better the complex politics of life in Israel, and, just as importantly, he worked to understand better the views of others. This semester, he was at work with Professor David Jacobson on a project to prepare a new course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to gather in memory and celebration of Avi are invited to the Brown/RISD Hillel at 80 Brown Street today (9 am – 11 pm) or tomorrow (10 am – 8 pm). Individuals from the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life and from Psychological Services are available for support throughout the day today at Hillel. As usual, the Chaplains and the clinicians at Psychological Services are also available in their offices at J. Walter Wilson until 5 pm. For information and support evenings and weekends, please contact the Administrator-on-Call (863-3322) or Psychological Services Clinician-on-Call (863-3746). The campus community will be notified when a date is set later this spring for a campus memorial service honoring Avi’s life.
We deeply mourn the loss of this brilliant student in our community. I have spoken with Avi’s family and expressed to them our concern and collective grief. Our thoughts and sympathy will remain with them and all of Avi’s friends throughout this difficult time.
Ruth J. Simmons