Sad News: Avery Kim

April 7, 2024

Dear all,

I am writing about a tragedy that happened on campus this morning. Today in the early hours of the morning Avery Kim died. I am so sorry to share this news; no words can express the sadness and profound loss we are experiencing. We have been assured by police that there is no threat to campus safety.

Avery was Class of 2026, lived in Lathrop House, and was a member of the Vassar Fencing Team. He was majoring in Economics. Our thoughts are with his family as well as all of his friends and loved ones.

This is a shock to us all; everyone responds differently to news like this. During this time, it is so important for our community to be there for each other. I encourage us all to spend time today and in the upcoming days talking and sharing space with each other in whatever way feels comforting.

There are many resources available to support the members of our community during this difficult time. Students can call the 24/7 Counselor on call at (845) 437-7333 for support. Students needing academic support can contact the Dean of Studies office. Faculty, staff, and administrators can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for grief support by calling 1-(800) 624-5544. Employees may also schedule free and unlimited phone or video counseling sessions through TelaDoc/HealthiestYou by calling 1-(866) 703-1259. In addition, Dutchess County Behavioral Health is aware of Vassar’s needs and offers confidential, 24x7 mental health support services.

For those who want to be in space with others who are grieving, counselors from Metcalf and staff from Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices will be available in the Jade Parlor today from 3–5 p.m. There will be additional gatherings for support and we will follow up when we know more.

With a heavy heart,

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