Hamilton Mourns Student Death

A Hamilton student was found dead in his room by Campus Safety officers late Friday evening, June 24. President Stewart issued a note to the campus community via e-mail the next day. Excerpts from that note and updated information follow.

I am writing with deep sadness to advise you of the tragic death of Keshab "Kese" Ghimire '07 on Friday, June 24. He was found in his room on campus late Friday evening. Police investigated and have determined that the death was caused by asphyxiation. Investigators found no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

Keshab, who came to Hamilton from Nepal, was interested in computer science and philosophy. A private and thoughtful person who excelled academically, he had taken a leave in the fall, but returned in January and had made plans to be on campus this summer to conduct computer science research. Keshab had a particular interest in helping underprivileged children and had participated in the Urban Service Experience. He was awarded the 2004 Sam Welsch Memorial Prize Scholarship in Computer Science at Class and Charter Day for excellence in and enthusiasm for the study of computer science.

The College community will honor and celebrate the life of Keshab with a memorial service that will be announced early in the fall. In the meantime, I believe that Keshab's family would welcome expressions of sympathy from his Hamilton friends and professors.

I encourage all members of our community to seek the support and comfort of loved ones and friends as we mourn the loss of this talented young man. The director of the Counseling Center has been on campus to meet with students. He remains available to all members of the community at 315-859-4340.

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