March 31, 2018
Dear Laurentian friends,
My purpose in writing tonight is deeply sad and heartbreaking. Lukas Harvey ’18 died this morning in a skiing accident on Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York. He was with St. Lawrence friends and roommates, who were also planning to spend Easter at the Harvey family home in Vermont.
Luke was known all over campus for his outstanding academic record and his diverse circle of friends. His geology major was coupled with a minor in government. Last summer, Luke was awarded a University Fellowship and based on his research he received the Austin A. Sartin Best Poster Award by the Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Honor Society at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. His geology research agenda was already extensive in his travels to North Dakota and Honduras as a NY6 Research Fellow in 2016. He studied abroad last spring at the University of Otago in New Zealand and volunteered at St. Mary’s School in Canton as a reading tutor. Luke was a much-admired CA, a devoted member of the ATO fraternity, and was a very popular kitchen staffer at KDS sorority for two years.
His outstanding St. Lawrence résumé is, of course, a much smaller measure than the wonderful person he was to so many of us on campus. He touched us with the flame and light of a beautiful heart. His mother told me that he absolutely loved everything about St. Lawrence, most especially his classmates.
These will be hard days for many of us in remembering Luke, thinking about his boundless energy, genuine openness, and developing talent. And yet, the Harvey family and his close friends, particularly his cherished classmates, will also need our strength and prayers. It’s important for us to look out for each other and to be aware of support resources in our community. Counseling Services for students are available at any hour and can be accessed by calling Safety & Security at 315-229-5555.
Sometime in this academic term, we will plan a gathering to honor Luke’s memory. Until then, and in following a community tradition, we also offer our memorial website for your reflections about an unforgettable human being, Lukas Harvey.