David Harris ’08

President Roth has informed the community, via his blog, that David Harris ’08 recently died while hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

We here at Wesleying would like to extend our most sincere condolences to David’s friends and family. More information, including plans for a memorial service, will be posted as it is received.

Dave Harris at graduation, May 2008.

[edit] Dean Mike’s campus-wide email, 8/4/08 12 pm:

I am writing with sad news that recent graduate David L. Harris ’08 died in a hiking accident in Oregon last week. David graduated last May after majoring in government. He spent the fall semester of his senior year studying in India and returned to Wesleyan to complete his degree. During his time at Wesleyan, David was involved in volunteering with the Traverse Square tutoring program and enjoyed playing and learning music. Details about the services for David will be shared with the Wesleyan community when they are available.

I would encourage those of you who feel the need to speak with someone about this tragic death to seek the support of grief counselors near you. For those of you returning to Wesleyan, the Office of Behavioral Health for Students will reopen on August 26, 2008. If you need to speak with someone prior to then you can contact the Office of Behavioral Health for Students through Dr. Coughlan at 860/227-4040.

I know that those of you who knew David will join me in remembering him and keeping him in our thoughts and prayers as his family copes with this tragic loss.

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28 thoughts on “David Harris ’08

  1. Angela Spencer

    My daughter went to high school with David and my heart is broken for his parents, family and friends. Having all just graduated from college, many of the kids were off doing exciting things just as David was, and I know they are all shocked and saddened by the loss of one of their own. My heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with you all. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Angela Spencer

    My daughter went to high school with David and my heart is broken for his parents, family and friends. Having all just graduated from college, many of the kids were off doing exciting things just as David was, and I know they are all shocked and saddened by the loss of one of their own. My heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with you all. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  3. Anonymous

    Services for David Harris will be held at:New York Culture Center, SGI-USA(212.727.7715)7 East 15th St., New York, NY 10003 USWhen: Thursday, August 14, 6:30PMPhone: David’s Mother(Sheila) cell 917.446.1440Please join the Harris Family (Sheila, David, Sr. and Todd) in celebrating the life of David L.Harris, Jr.Hiking in the North Oregon Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain on a popular majestic trail, David was struck by a fallen tree limb of a 100-150 year old tree. The velocity of the branch ended his life instantly & David is at peace.

  4. Anonymous

    Services for David Harris will be held at:

    New York Culture Center, SGI-USA(212.727.7715)
    7 East 15th St., New York, NY 10003 US
    When: Thursday, August 14, 6:30PM
    Phone: David’s Mother(Sheila) cell 917.446.1440

    Please join the Harris Family (Sheila, David, Sr. and Todd) in celebrating the life of David L.Harris, Jr.

    Hiking in the North Oregon Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain on a popular majestic trail, David was struck by a fallen tree limb of a 100-150 year old tree. The velocity of the branch ended his life instantly & David is at peace.

  5. Anonymous

    Dave was an old high school buddy–not a close friend, but close enough. At a house party over Summer, we greeted each other like old friends do, when they haven’t seen each other in years but think that no time has passed. Time had passed, in fact, and while I had gotten older he had grown up more. He was sure of himself now, having found something in which to believe. He’d become effortlessly charismatic and cared deeply about others and about the future. Hope was a cause worthy of his time. I now join the rest of you in mourning Dave’s loss, and in wishing that we’d all had more time to share with him. So many people stood to benefit from his life. But for someone so young he leaves a great legacy of love and consideration, and should we all do our best to carry that on, then the loss will be meaningful, if still painful.Dave, if you happen to be reading online messageboards (though I know you have better things to do up there) I will write “The Pad” in your honor, no matter how retarded people thought the idea was. And I will miss you buddy, of course.

  6. Anonymous

    Dave was an old high school buddy–not a close friend, but close enough.

    At a house party over Summer, we greeted each other like old friends do, when they haven’t seen each other in years but think that no time has passed.

    Time had passed, in fact, and while I had gotten older he had grown up more. He was sure of himself now, having found something in which to believe. He’d become effortlessly charismatic and cared deeply about others and about the future. Hope was a cause worthy of his time.

    I now join the rest of you in mourning Dave’s loss, and in wishing that we’d all had more time to share with him. So many people stood to benefit from his life.

    But for someone so young he leaves a great legacy of love and consideration, and should we all do our best to carry that on, then the loss will be meaningful, if still painful.

    Dave, if you happen to be reading online messageboards (though I know you have better things to do up there) I will write “The Pad” in your honor, no matter how retarded people thought the idea was. And I will miss you buddy, of course.

  7. Anonymous

    I wish I could tell him how much I will miss him. He was one of those people that whenever you even thought about him it made you happy. He spread so much love. David, we will miss you.

  8. Anonymous

    I wish I could tell him how much I will miss him. He was one of those people that whenever you even thought about him it made you happy. He spread so much love. David, we will miss you.

  9. Anonymous

    email sent from ois:Dear Wesleyan students abroad or about-to-be-abroad: I will be sending my usual first-newsy-letter-of-the-semester to you ina few weeks. I’m writing now, however, with some very sad news: David Harris’08 has died while hiking in the Pacific Northwest. President Roth willprovide more information once it’s available, including notice of memorialplans. David had studied abroad on the Antioch Buddhist Studies program inBodh Gaya, India last fall, and all of us in the OIS feel his loss keenly.

  10. Anonymous

    email sent from ois:

    Dear Wesleyan students abroad or about-to-be-abroad:

    I will be sending my usual first-newsy-letter-of-the-semester to you in

    a few weeks. I’m writing now, however, with some very sad news: David Harris

    ’08 has died while hiking in the Pacific Northwest. President Roth will

    provide more information once it’s available, including notice of memorial

    plans. David had studied abroad on the Antioch Buddhist Studies program in

    Bodh Gaya, India last fall, and all of us in the OIS feel his loss keenly.

  11. Anonymous

    Dave was a true gentleman. Although, I just met him, his generosity was apparent. He seemed like a gentle soul and his smile certainly stood out. This is too soon a loss. He will be missed!

  12. Anonymous

    Dave was a true gentleman. Although, I just met him, his generosity was apparent. He seemed like a gentle soul and his smile certainly stood out. This is too soon a loss. He will be missed!

  13. Anonymous

    Dave was a positive entity who radiated light everywhere he went. I knew him, though not well, but you didn’t have to know him well to tell how sweet and cool he was. I think that how he might want us to respond to his passing is to recognize that life is fragile and every day is precious, and we should spend each day being happy and helping others to be happy.

  14. Anonymous

    Dave was a positive entity who radiated light everywhere he went. I knew him, though not well, but you didn’t have to know him well to tell how sweet and cool he was. I think that how he might want us to respond to his passing is to recognize that life is fragile and every day is precious, and we should spend each day being happy and helping others to be happy.

  15. Anonymous

    All I have to say is that this is absolutely tragic and that Dave was an exceptional, wonderful individual.-08

  16. Anonymous

    All I have to say is that this is absolutely tragic and that Dave was an exceptional, wonderful individual.
    -08

  17. Anonymous

    thirded… like if you ran into him, he’d be like “What’s good baby girl?” and you could tell he was genuinely interested in your response, and really cared about how you were doing. everything he did he was genuinely interested in and passionate about. he was a fucking great guy and i can’t say anything else but that it wasn’t his time…. it’s unfair….’08

  18. Anonymous

    thirded… like if you ran into him, he’d be like “What’s good baby girl?” and you could tell he was genuinely interested in your response, and really cared about how you were doing. everything he did he was genuinely interested in and passionate about.

    he was a fucking great guy and i can’t say anything else but that it wasn’t his time…. it’s unfair….

    ’08

  19. spazeboy

    I was fortunate enough to meet Dave during my first year and his last at Wes. He’s an amazing person, and the world is a lot worse off without him in it.:(

  20. spazeboy

    I was fortunate enough to meet Dave during my first year and his last at Wes. He’s an amazing person, and the world is a lot worse off without him in it.

    :(

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