Sad News

July 19, 2021

Dear all,

It is with sadness I let you know that our CIS colleague and friend, Brian Chickery, has had a serious accident as he hit a deer while driving.

Brian's condition is critical, but he is continuing to make improvements. As of this morning, he is out of danger as far as life threatening injuries. He has made it through the critical first 72 hours without declining. He does however have a serious head injury, many broken bones, and other issues that require that he be in a medical-induced coma and on a ventilator. This will help his brain to heal and help him to be still and rested through this critical period.

The doctors are surprised that he is still with us and that he has no spinal or neck injuries. His helmet and his will to live have saved his life. The family has said that they believe that the outpouring of support is playing a major role in his fight to recover. Brian’s family is asking that Brian's extended family at Vassar, a community he truly cares for, to think of him when you can over the coming days, especially today and this week. His family writes: “When you see your kids, when something makes you smile, even when you see a guy or gal on a motorcycle, please think of Brian in a positive way. If he has ever helped you or made you smile, return the favor today. Do something nice for someone in Brian's name.”

The family believes that this will help heal their son, and regardless of the outcome, your support will mean the world to Brian and his family during this difficult time.

Below is a picture of Brian, his wife Erin and their children, Gianna and Johnny.

Brian Chickery Family


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