In Memory: Rex Bernstein ’15

Rex Bernstein ’15 passed away on Saturday, January 10.Rex Bernstein '15 A memorial service will be held this Sunday in Nyack, NY. Dean Mike Whaley sent out details on Tuesday in this email:

Rex’s family is planning a memorial service at the Nyack Center in Nyack, NY, for Sunday January 25th.  The service begins at Noon.

If you are interested in helping to plan a campus memorial for Rex,  please be in touch with The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life by contacting Rabbi David Teva and/or Rev. Tracy Mehr-Muska. They can also be a source of support to you.

We will update this post as information about a campus memorial service becomes available.

From this obituary:

Rex was a big guy with a big heart, a big smile, a big laugh and a twinkle in his eye. Rex had a quick wit and a lot of opinions. He had the courage of his convictions. He loved and was loved by many: his parents, his sister Olive, his cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, his friends in Nyack, in the world of swimming, at Wesleyan, and the community of musicians around the world that watched him grow from a boy to a man. And his dog Gato.

To honor Rex’s deep love of animals, contributions can be made in his name to: Dapper Dog // Hopeful Tails Rescue, 37A Route 59, Nyack, NY 10960.

Here is Dean Whaley’s original email:

To the Wesleyan Community:

It is my sad duty to inform you that Rex Bernstein ’15 died peacefully in his sleep over the weekend while visiting family on the West Coast.  Rex was pursuing a government major at Wesleyan with a minor in history.  He was a former member of the Wesleyan swim team and a member of Beta Theta Pi.

Rex was a large person with a large personality, and he will be missed by many here on campus.  The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will partner with Rex’s friends to plan a memorial service on campus after classes resume – please contact Rabbi David Teva and/or Tracy Mehr-Muska if you would like to be involved or need support.  Details of this service will be forthcoming as the planning begins.

Rex’s family anticipates a memorial service at the Nyack Center in Nyack, NY, on January 25th, and we will share those details when they are confirmed.

The therapists at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available 24/7 to speak with students about this tragic loss.  Please call 860-685-2910.

Rex is survived by his parents and younger sister, Olive (and his dog, Gato!).  Please keep them, as well as Rex’s many friends, in your thoughts over the coming days.  Expressions of condolence and remembrance may be directed to Lorna Scott in my office (lscott[at]wesleyan[dot]edu), who will collect them and forward them to Rex’s family.  They especially asked for photos, memories and stories from his friends.