Message of condolence on the death of Ph.D. student Kenneth Thomas Whelan

Dear Cornellians,

I am sorry to report the loss of one of our Ph.D. students, Kenneth Thomas Whelan, who passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. Ken was studying Policy Analysis and Management, and before that, Economics. As a beloved student, husband, father, and son, he will be missed. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife, Jenny Lewis, and the couple's two small children, and to Ken's family, friends and colleagues.

A community support meeting will be held this afternoon, November 7, 4 p.m. in 153 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall.


David Skorton

Memorial service

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 496 Main St., Medfield, MA. There will be a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a college fund for Whelan's two young sons, Liam and Miles, at


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 also speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 255-3277. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at at 255-2673. An Ithaca-based CrisisLine is available at 272-1616. For additional resources, visit the Caring Community site.