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University mourns death of senior Ilan Rasooly

Vice President Susan Murphy issued the following message of condolence Oct. 22:

With great sadness I share news of the death of Ilan Rasooly, a 20-year-old senior in the School of Hotel Administration. He died in the hospital near his home on October 21.

Ilan was passionate about his studies. He was in the process of interviewing for employment upon graduation in May, after having internships with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the Wyndham Hotel Group and the Mandarin Hotel. He is being mourned by his many friends at Cornell, especially those at the School of Hotel Administration and in the Center for Jewish Living, where he was co-president. In addition to his leadership within the Jewish community, he loved baseball and basketball.

Ilan’s family has made plans for his funeral service, which will take place October 23 at Kemp Mill Synagogue in his hometown, Silver Spring, Maryland. Plans for a commemoration at Cornell will be made in the days to come.

On behalf of the entire university community, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Ilan’s family and friends. Please join me in taking a moment to remember Ilan and acknowledge this unfortunate loss to our community.


Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277.

Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 607-255-2673. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616. For additional resources, visit

For Jewish resources please contact Hillel at 607-255-4227.

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