Daryl Lee, GS ’11, Has Passed Away

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Daryl Lee passed away on December 31st following a courageous battle with cancer. GS Dean of Students Scott Halverson sent out an email to GS students with a link to her obituary and details about the memorial service. Dean Halverson writes that Daryl, 47, was “an avid reader, excellent writer and loved to engage others in lively conversation.” Our hearts go out to Daryl’s friends and family during this difficult time.

You can find Dean Halverson’s full email below, and we remind you that Columbia offers several valuable resources to help cope with loss. It can be tough dealing with all of this on your own, and we encourage you to reach out.

Counseling and Psychological Services (212-854-2878) is open from 9-5 for the rest of this week.
Nightline Peer Counseling (212-854-7777) is closed for break but will reopen later this month
The GS Dean of Students Office may be reached at 212-854-2881.

We welcome you to leave your thoughts and prayers for Daryl and those close to her in the comments, but please be respectful.

Dear Students,
It is with great sadness that I must share with you the news of the passing of Ms. Daryl Lee, a GS student who first came to our community in the fall of 2007.  On December 31, Daryl lost her brave struggle against cancer.  I know that all of you join me in sending our deepest condolences to Daryl’s family, friends, and colleagues. 
A full obituary and details of a memorial service for Daryl may be found here.
Whenever we lose someone within the Columbia community, we are all affected by it, whether or not we know the person well.   Such a loss can bring about feelings of grief and may bring back memories of other painful losses.  Please know that your academic advisor, the staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), and members of the Office of the University Chaplain are all available to provide you with any additional support you might need at this time.  We have listed their contact information for you below.
With sympathy,
Scott Halvorson
Dean of Students
School of General Studies
Columbia University

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  1. Alum

    I took a class with Daryl about Fall '09. I recall her always being really nice. She always had something insightful to say. My condolences go out to her loved ones.

  2. Anonymous

    She really was the sweetest, most thoughtful, well-spoken, and intelligent person.

  3. Anonymous

    surprised at so few responses. nevertheless, she sounds like a wonderful courageous person and hopefully she is in a much much better place now.

  4. Anonymous  

    I'm shocked and sad to hear this. Daryl and I were in the same class during my first year, and she seemed to have more spirit and energy than most of the other students in our class. I had no idea that she was in a battle with cancer at the same time. I regret dropping the class before truly getting to know her. RIP Daryl.

  5. CC'11

    RIP Daryl. My condolences to Daryl's family and friends.

  6. Anonymous  

    She did her best. And that is something to be proud of.

    Rest in Peace, Daryl.

  7. GS'12

    I knew Daryl well... She was having a tough time with her ailments but somehow managed to always be amazing...and funny!

    She is already missed.

  8. GS'11

    I also knew Daryl well. We met in UW and instantly clicked. She brightened every life she touched, and I miss her very much. RIP, Darlin'.

  9. CC'10  

    I had a class with Daryl. She was so sweet and will be greatly missed.

  10. BC '12  

    Daryl was so full of life and always made everyone in class laugh. Just a lovely person through and through. She will be missed.

  11. BC 13

    My condolesnes to the family. I have a close friend fighting cancer and it is hard for us both. I am sure that Daryl did her best in her fight against such a terrible disease that does not pick and choose and can attack anyone. RIP

  12. Anonymous

    So sorry to hear of the loss of another member of our Columbia community. I didn't know her, but my thoughts are with her family, friends and classmates.

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