Passing of Olivia Zane ’19

March 10, 2021

Dear all,

It is with a heavy heart that I let you know of the death of Olivia Zane, Class of 2019. Olivia (β€œLiv”) was a deeply engaged member of our community, active in the Vassar Jewish Union, Ferry House, and with many student organizations. The loss of someone so young shakes us all and leaves a tremendous hole in our community.

A memorial service will be held outdoors near the Bayit, 51 Collegeview Avenue, at 8:30PM on Thursday, March 11.  Up to 25 people may gather in person, and Reverend Speers and Rabbi Mann will be present. Others may join by Zoom here:

Many of you may have known Liv, as she was a student just a few short years ago. If you need additional support, please reach out:

Resources for students:

  • The Counselor on Call is available 24/7 at (845) 437-7333. The Counseling Service also offers crisis walk in hours Monday-Friday.
  • Counseling Services and RSCLP have a monthly Grief and Loss Support Group that meets monthly on campus. Our next meeting is March 16; if interested in attending, please fill out this form:
  • Dean Inoa (, the Associate Dean of Student Living and Wellness and Dean Speers (, the Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices are also available to provide support.
  • For academic assistance and accommodations, please contact Dean Zeifman ( in the Dean of Studies office at (845) 437-5255.

Resources for faculty, administrators, and staff:

In sadness,

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604