Memories of Lukas Harvey '18 | St. Lawrence University President's Office

Memories of Lukas Harvey '18

I first met Luke when I got a bid to rush ATO in the spring of 2016. I recognized his face, but had yet to actually meet him. It was the first night, the new guys were meeting each other. We're all giving handshakes and smiles, excited about this new opportunity. Every time from that point forward, Luke's face would always pop-up somewhere on campus and I'd bump into him. It was without hesitancy, without awkwardness, and instead with the most certainty and of course the most genuine smile, he asked, "Dannnnnn, what's up my dude?" Even after me studying abroad my junior fall, and Luke his junior spring we ran into each other this fall, the beginning of our senior year. A whole year had passed, and still without hesitancy, he approached me with a big-fat-hug. Luke was a caring young man, delighted in all that life has to offer. I'll never forget the kindness and enthusiasm he showed to me, and I hope that in the coming days as well as in the rest of our lives, we all learn to be a little bit more like Luke. L&R brother.
Dan Pollis '18

Thank you to a diligent young man who was instrumental in restoring the stature & reputation of our ATO chapter. Deepest sympathy to your family, brothers and classmates.
Gary Reilly '78

I never got the chance to actually talk to Luke but his light heart and genuine smile were still what I adored even when he was with us. I guess God only takes the best of best.
Rinzin Sonam '19

I am a student at Juniata College, who was Lukas' roommate while he studied abroad in New Zealand. I will always remember him as a smart and kind person, who invited me along on any number of trips afield. I spent many fond hours with him sailing in the local harbir and cooking in our flat and will always remember our walks about town. Rest in peace, Lukas.
Zachary Hesse

Your inspiration to be an amazing human is something that could not be missed. Your effort and love was felt by all laurentians each and every day. I personally thank you for your dedication to the KDS house. As a fellow House Boy, your love for all the sisters was evident and your drive was infectious. You made us all better people. And for that, I say thank you. We love you Luke. Shine bright, and forever let your smile rain down upon us. 
Ryan Orvis '17

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

I can't tell you a lot of specific things Luke said or did- I only knew him as an acquaintance from the CA class and doing rounds together. I remember him talking about his brother with such genuine admiration and inspiration. I remember him talking about his home town and close knit family with so much love. I remember him talking about his intention- which he succeeded in every day- to connect with and understand people of different backgrounds, beliefs, etc. But mostly I remember his energy. That energy is floodingly generous, curious, kind, and open hearted. He was the kind of special person that gives so freely of this brilliant positive energy. He was the kind of person who makes you feel like the most important person in the world in his presence because he deeply listened, and the kind of person who makes you want to meet his mom and dad and congratulate them on filling this person with so much love and respect. I feel so thankful to have shared the few conversations we did, because his energy is something I will always carry. Just like anyone knows that after talking to Luke you immediately feel lighter and inspired to be a kinder person, I will continue to be inspired by this wonderful being, honoring the energy he shared and continuing to grow it <3
Leanne Cook '17

Luke was one of the greatest CA rounds partners. Time always flew because we’d talk about literally EVERYTHING on our way to each building. He loved his residents and was big on investing enough time in his community. I miss CA team time activities and his enthusiasm for ‘The lady and the Trap’ Disney movie.
His personality was luminous, always good vibes.
Rest easy Luke, Rest easy.
Zara Martin '18

Upon his graduation, I anticipated Luke joining our firm as an Environmental Geologist to conduct investigations and remediation of contaminated sites in Alaska.Of course, a young man of his caliber was also considering other opportunities to include graduate school. Luke's keen interest in the environmental field, professional dreams and aspirations, as well as spirit of adventure greatly impressed me. I am deeply saddened that he has been denied his next phase of life for which he had so diligently prepared himself.
Nicholas Henegan, PE, PG

Luke was one of my volunteers when I coordinated the Reading Buddies program at St. Mary’s in Canton. I was always happy to have him with us, as he was great at balancing hard work and goofy game time with his buddies. He was wonderful with the kids, and they all loved him — especially the boys, who really looked up to him and saw him as a role model. They asked for him constantly if he had to be away. The impact he had on them was clear, and they are fortunate, as we all are, to have been touched by his light. Deepest condolences to the Harvey Family.
Molly Hyde '17

I did not know Luke until spring of 2016 when he rushed ATO. I was already a brother at that point, having rushed the previous semester. We became friends pretty quick however it was not until this past fall when we really solidified our friendship through our experience as working in the kitchen of KDS as houseboys. Through this opportunity, I got to see what made Luke so special. No matter what was going on Luke always had a smile on his face. No matter how many dishes we had to clean or how tedious the work Luke always brought a contagious smile and energy that brightened up my day. That genuine positive nature is why I and so many others gravitated towards Luke.I will carry the multitude of memories that I have of Luke with me for the rest of my life and try to approach every task in a manner that I know Luke would, with unparalleled positive energy and a smile ear to ear.
Harrison Feldman '18

I first met Luke this past summer while he was completing his Fellowship and I was working in Admissions. In 10 short weeks, we got incredibly close while hanging out on campus with what is now known as the legendary summer crew. And ever since then we have talked about what a bummer it is that we had not met earlier in our college years.
When describing Luke to those who did not know him, I would always just say that he is the nicest person I know and that they’re really missing out. I have never met someone more genuine, or kind-hearted, or humble. I remember just two days ago he was telling me about a few options he has post-grad. Then, of course in proper Luke fashion, he asked me about my plans and told me everything would work out.
I will never forget how you greeted me with your contagious smile, the way you would shout “Jenn Jenn” across campus whenever you saw me, our summer crew memories - but mostly how you made me feel so valued and important. I am so happy that I was able to call you my friend. Love you forever, Luke.
Jenifer Kim '18

We worked with Lukas on few GIS/map related projects and he always brought an element of joy and energy to the mix. He will surely be missed.
Dakota Casserly

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have received tragic news of the passing of my student, research collaborator, and a dear friend Lukas Harvey ‘18. I first met Luke when he was in my Dynamic Earth lab in the fall of 2015. The next semester he was enrolled in my upper-level Carbonate Sedimentology class in which he already showed his creativeness and intelligence in integrating different earth science information. Luke was highly motivated to learn and in January 2017 we spent together 2 weeks doing fieldwork at the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library, University of North Dakota. During our work stay in Grand Forks, he was initially in charge of helping in the lab and collecting samples for sedimentological, paleontological and stable isotope analyses, but soon he became involved in logging of the cores. Luke was doing that exceptionally well and had collected an excellent set of Upper Ordovician-basal Silurian data, which he used to successfully to apply for the St. Lawrence Summer Fellowship. Over the summer of 2017, Luke has spent 2 months as a Dr. J. Mark Erickson University Fellow in my lab focused on the analysis of microfacies and interpretation of paleoenvironments of the Upper Ordovician Stony Mountain Formation, North Dakota. For this research, Luke was also awarded the American Association of Petroleum Geologists L. Austin Weeks Scholarship. He superbly presented the results of his study at the 2017 Annual Geological Society of America Meeting in Seattle, and was awarded the 2017 Austin A. Sartin Best Poster Award by the Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Honor Society. He continued this project through his senior thesis that was focused on high-resolution sequence stratigraphy of the Stony Mountain Formation. In addition, Luke was working hard as my research assistant since January 2017. He did a tedious work of microdrilling carbonate samples (200+) for stable isotope analysis, and picking conodonts from the residues (on average, it takes 2-3 hours per residue: Luke has picked 100+) for biostratigraphic analysis. Last spring he stayed working in my lab until the very last day of the exam week (noon to 10:30 PM), as he wanted to finish with the last conodont sample before the break. He did all that with a smile! He was the hardest working and most dependable student I have ever had. Recently, Luke was accepted to the MSc program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and had a job offer as an environmental geologist.

Luke wasn’t just an exceptional, outstanding student; he also was a very dear friend with an infectious smile, kind, honest, inspiring, always ready to help other students and faculty, and greatly involved in campus life and beyond. Luke was the central person to many, easy going, easy to work with, and above all, easy to love. Over the last two years, we worked very closely and he was in my office on an almost daily basis. He’d always come in with a smile and asking courteously if I had time to meet. We all had so much fun during the recent field trip to Honduras and greatly enjoyed his company and a healthy sense of humor! I will never forget Luke’s big smile when we visited the sloth and monkey hang out in French Harbor, Roatán, where little monkey kept searching Luke’s shirt pocket to steal any goodies!

Luke was very special to me and will remain in my heart and in souls of all of us who have had the pleasure of knowing him through his Laurentian years. My thoughts and prayers are now with Luke’s family and friends.
Antun Husinec
Associate Professor and Chair of Geology

One of the most difficult things I discovered when I retired from teaching Geology at St. Lawrence was how much I missed the friendships formed with students in my classes and in shared research adventures in field and lab. Therefore, I was happy when Dr. Husinec asked me to teach one of his students to pick conodonts (microfossils), a process of intense microscopic examination of samples, from a suite of North Dakota core samples they had extracted sometime earlier. That student was Luke Harvey. When one is picking conodonts, there is nothing but time to get to know your co-workers so I got to know Luke at least a bit. He was a hard worker, but what I admired was that he really wanted to know about conodonts and that he intended to do a thorough and accurate job picking them from the many dozens of samples. We talked about his St. Lawrence experience, his interests in geology, his future choices, whether grad school or employment. I came to know a cheerful, friendly, earnest, thoughtful young man who was fun to work with and interesting to share a lab with. He was already looking forward to sharing his future experiences with students at the upcoming geology alumni conference next fall, and I was already looking forward to hearing what he would have to say. The loss of such a man as Luke for me is a tragedy because of all the unresolved potential that is taken from our community and the friendships yet to be. We will be impoverished by not watching Luke’s star rise further. We feel for his family whose loss is so much deeper than ours can ever be. I share the grief; I will remember the man.
Mark Erickson, Prof. Emeritus

I had met Luke during the spring of our Sophomore year while volunteering at the local food pantry with the St. Lawrence University Rotaract Club. After leaving the food pantry and walking back to Dean Eaton, I turned to my sorority sister Maddie St. Pierre and told her that I wanted Luke to be a houseboy for KDS in the coming semesters. Luke’s genuine personality and sense of humor was something that we had both admired during the short day of volunteering. We called Luke into my dorm room and explained what the role entailed. His response was short and simple, “I know how to cook, maybe I can cook for you guys a little too!!! This sounds so fun!!!” And with that response, we knew he would do amazing.

Throughout that spring semester, Luke continued to impress me. At a local Rotary event one of the members had asked us why we wanted to be in a volunteer club. Most of our responses were similar in that we wanted to meet more people on campus and in the community, and it was a nice resume builder. Luke’s response has always stuck with me. He went into detail about he volunteer work he had done in High School and explained his desire for wanting to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate as he was. I remember leaving the event and thinking to myself, “Who is this boy? Where did he come from? And why isn’t he my best friend?”

At the beginning of our Junior Year, Maddie and I were nervous for Luke to start his houseboy duties. We didn’t really know Luke that well and were worried that he would be scared to come over to our house. We thought he might be intimidated by the fact that he knew so few of the girls. Little did we know, Luke was never scared. It took him roughly one week to become best friends with almost every girl in the house. His outgoing and caring personality was received with open arms at 53 Park St. He took on the role as a houseboy and went above and beyond. Luke never hesitated to set aside his own responsibilities and desires when someone needed him. He would take time out of his day to check in with myself and all of the sisters.

One of the best parts about Luke was that he didn’t realize how amazing he actually was. I think I can freely say that each and every one of my sisters has had a crush on him at some point. While I had multiple sisters pulling me aside to express their feelings for him, he had no idea. I used to laugh every time someone would tell me that they think they had a crush on him, because who wouldn’t have a crush on Luke Harvey??

I am really going to miss Luke doing silly things around our house. Whether it was him scaling the side of the porch and climbing in through my second floor window, or him sliding down the banister from the second floor to the first. He always had us worried but never failed to make us laugh. Late nights with Luke were always the best time.

This past summer I convinced Luke to come visit me at my family’s home in Canandaigua, New York. I took him to all of my favorite grocery stores, breweries, delis and bars. Almost every time that I saw Luke throughout this year, he would stop and mention something about Canandaigua. Whether it was that he was planning to move somewhere that had a Wegmans, or that he really needed a Macri’s Deli sub, it always brought be a smile.

I feel so honored and lucky to have gotten to spend as much time with Luke as I did. Though his passing has not been easy, I can’t help but smile at the thought of his smile. He lived his life to the fullest yet still took the time to get to know and support everyone around him. I have never met someone as well-rounded and approachable as Luke. Luke always found a way to turn every conversation back onto your life and make you feel appreciated. I am grateful to have had a friend like him and will never forget the many memories that we have shared. Though we will miss his physical presence, he will live on in our hearts and in our minds.

I’ll be sending thoughts and prayers to his family as they get through this difficult time. Luke never failed to show his appreciation and respect for his parents and brother.

Rest In Peace, Luke. Know that you are loved by many and will be missed.
Libby Roberts '18

We share in the profound grief and sadness of our daughter, Brynne O'Connor '21, on hearing of the incomprehensible loss of this remarkable young man. Lukas was instrumental in making Brynne feel welcomed and comfortable from the very start of her new adventure in her new home. In short, he exemplified the ideals of the "St. Lawrence Family." We feel for his many, many friends, and his family, especially his parents. You did an amazing job raising such a kind, caring, and compassionate young man. We cannot begin to imagine the depths of your sorrow. But, in some small way, we wanted to express our gratitude for sharing Lukas, and hope that you find some solace in our heartfelt appreciation. Thank you. In talking with Brynne, and reading the many wonderful memories of Lukas, a celebration of life emerges that is truly beautiful. We were reminded of the legendary Hobart "Hobey" Baker, another extraordinary young man who left this world far too soon, and the poignant inscription on Baker's tombstone:

Lauri (Zinn) and Brion O'Connor '85 P'21

I was a nervous pledge, who'd just realized he'd left his jacket at a senior ATO brother's town house on the first night of pledging. How could I be so stupid. Now I'd have to go up to the guy and ask him if he'd seen my jacket. That day I find him hanging out at 13 and decide to walk over to him, but before I could even muster up the courage he's already pointing at me and waving me over, "YO Adrian, I have your jacket man." Shit, he knows my name, I thought. “come by and grab it whenever you want,” he said. Well that was easy enough, now I just got to go over there and pick it up. If you know me than you know I’m very forgetful. That next month Luke Harvey would come up to me almost every time we were in the same room together and tell me, “hey your ugly jackets still in my house.” Our conversations would never just end there though. He would always proceed to ask me questions about myself, taking a real effort to get to know me. Being a tense, worrisome pledge, talking to Luke really seemed to help me gain confidence among the rest of the guys. His calm and open demeanor allowed me to realize how welcoming this fraternity could be. For me, Luke represented everything that I thought ATO stood for.

Conversation would always start the same way, “so when you going to pick up your jacket.” After that our talks could take us anywhere. He’d tell me about his time spent in New Zealand and I’d remind him Australia is an entirely different country. Those next few weeks I got to know about the type of guy Lukas Harvey was. He was funny, curious and his smile was contagious. Eventually I picked up my jacket, but by then I already considered Luke a good friend. If I could go back in time I’d thank that shy, restless pledge for leaving that jacket, because that was the best mistake I’ve ever made.
Adrian Porter '20

Lukas had taken my introductory comparative politics course as a sophomore year and then my research seminar course on China’s Rise as a senior. In the intro. course, Lukas was already a masterful writer—I would finish reading his essays and feel happy to be witness to a complex mind that truly understood the core of an author’s argument and from this position argue his own perspective that was informed by a realistic understanding of human nature but nudged towards our better side. By the end of the course, I knew he would make an excellent CA because he was a phenomenal listener.

By happy accident, he came to join my research seminar class two years later—it was full, but I thought a student was going to drop out, so I accepted Lukas, only to have the last student arrive two minutes later. In Lukas’s final paper, he analyzed China’s governance system and its (in)ability to implement environmental regulations. To accomplish this research, he chose to tackle several graduate level (and beyond) journal articles where he demonstrated a sophisticated and integrated understanding of those texts. Had he chosen to do so, he would have excelled in a political science graduate program. I had an especially wonderful research seminar class with Lukas. Lukas’s gift is that he reminds his classmates that learning is fun, hard work is cool, and the stresses of college life are the small stuff.

It is unbearable that a student should pass away before his or her professor. As I look forward, there is now a part of my life that has gone black—the part where Lukas updates me on his life adventures or when I get the knock on my office door when a former student makes a surprise visit. But this unbearableness and blackness is so many times more for his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with them. To his parents—you have raised a phenomenal son. Thank you for sharing him with me.
Grace Huang, Associate Professor of Government

Above Luke's impressive academic achievements as one of the brightest geology majors, he was the most humble and helpful classmate. When a group of us students presented posters on our summer research at the GSA Annual Conference in Seattle, WA last fall, Luke's poster received a Best Poster Award. We all rolled up our posters and began discussing dinner plans with Luke not saying one word about his award. Upon discovering his achievement, we badgered him for not telling us and gave him our congratulations. Embarrassed, he complimented everyone else's hard work and offered to use his prize money for drinks on him that night to celebrate everyone's efforts. My last memory of Luke, appropriately, was sitting next to him in Petrology class before the weekend. I was stressed about a lab due in an hour and he stayed after to help. The kindest soul with the most infectious smile, rest easy Luke, drinks are on us this time.
Helen Eifert '18

I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to Luke's family and many friends. This is such sad and terrible news. It is even more heart wrenching because Luke was soon to graduate. So many more adventures that are new awaited him. I was his FYP instructor and advisor. I recall the first meeting with him, in my office, about one day after he arrived at St. Lawrence. Together, we completed his fall course list. My first and still lasting impressions of him were his ease of conversation, his enthusiasm for this new opportunity, his politeness, and his authenticity: what you saw, was what you got with Luke, there was no hint of pretension. He made so many positive contributions to that FYP class. Beyond that, I was pleased to write him letters of recommendation to our study-abroad programs. He had a unique zest for life. Like so many others, I will continue to have fond memories of Luke.
Neil Forkey, Visiting Assistant  Professor of Canadian Studies

Luke loved to smile, no matter what the situation. I remember Luke’s smile in geology classes and labs as we collectively struggled to understand what was going on. The same smile that didn’t falter for a second as were playing soccer this past summer and he got hit straight in the face with a shot that should have knocked him to the ground. The rest of us were appalled, I mean seriously concerned for his health, but he just laughed it off and kept playing. His smile helped keep spirits high throughout our time at the GSA conference in Seattle, whether we were sitting through talks for hours on end or weaving through the booths looking for free stickers and snacks. But most of all, I remember that wide, infectious smile greeting me every time we crossed paths, making my day a little bit brighter each time. Thank you Luke, for all of the happiness.
Maya Williams '18

I first met Luke as his TA for a lab section of Geology 103. He stood out right away because of his outgoing personality and his genuine interest in the class. Though I never took classes with Luke, he followed a similar path to myself, working on summer research with Dr. Husinec, and he clearly excelled.

I saw Luke present his research at the Geologic Society of America's national meeting in Seattle last Fall, and I was very impressed. We talked for quite a while about graduate school, whether it's the right choice, how to start searching, and how to apply. Unsurprisingly, Luke was accepted to graduate school, just before his tragic accident. I know that Luke would have gone on to a long career in geology, and that he would have made a profound impact on the lives of the people he met along the way. He certainly had an impact on me. Rest in peace, Luke.
Will Moynihan '16