Vice President Lombardi offers condolences on death of Paul Benton Fisher-York '22

It is with deep sadness that I share the news that Paul Benton Fisher-York ‘22 died suddenly of a previously undiagnosed cardiac condition on December 25 while at home with his family.

Paul, a major in Computer Science in the College of Engineering, developed a passion for robotics while participating on the Ithaca High School Code Red Robotics team. He was active on several student project teams, including Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team, of which he was a member of the software sub-team. He also held an internship at Vector Magnetics in Ithaca and had previously been part of Cornell University Chorale. Paul was from Ithaca and touched many people at Cornell and in the surrounding community.

On behalf of Cornell, I extend my sincere condolences to Paul’s family, friends and teachers. Please keep them in your thoughts as we all struggle to process this profound loss. I encourage anyone who may be in need or support to use the resources listed below. Community support meetings will be scheduled when campus reopens in January.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155.

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