In memory of Matthew Strickland

The Brown community was informed this morning of the death of Matthew Strickland.  Strickland was on leave from Brown this semester and died suddenly of an asthma attack earlier this week.  “Matthew came to Brown in 2005 and pursued coursework in art history, modern and African dance, American studies, urban studies, and Spanish, along with other subjects,” President Ruth Simmons said in an email to the community.  “He was known to many as a courageous, tenacious, and unfailingly generous student.”  The full text of the message is pasted below.

The Blog will be accepting submissions from Strickland’s family, friends, and loved ones to publish in a memorial.  Please send messages, photographs, or artwork to blog@browndailyherald.com.

Members of the Brown Community,

I write to share sad news of the untimely death of Brown University student Matthew Strickland.  Matthew was an undergraduate from Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. He died suddenly this week in Alabama while he was on leave from Brown.

Matthew came to Brown in 2005 and pursued coursework in art history, modern and African dance, American studies, urban studies, and Spanish, along with other subjects. He was known to many as a courageous, tenacious, and unfailingly generous student. Although he was pursuing a dual concentration in History of Art & Architecture and Urban Studies, he had a longtime dream of becoming a physician.  

We have extended our deepest condolences to Matthew’s family, and join with them in mourning the loss of a valued member of our community.  Our thoughts and sympathy will remain with them at this most difficult time.

Sincerely,

Ruth J. Simmons

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