Vice President Lombardi offers condolences on the death of Wai Hang (Will) Lee

It is with deep sadness that I share the news that Wai Hang (Will) Lee, a doctoral student in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, died unexpectedly on Monday.

A graduate of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Will joined the graduate program at Cornell in Fall 2018. He had an interest in synthetic organic chemistry and was a member of Song Lin’s Research Group where he studied reaction methodology development. Will enjoyed bouldering at Lindseth Climbing Center and was an avid home cook.

On behalf of Cornell, I extend my sincere condolences to Will’s family, friends and faculty. 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.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Individuals can have a diverse range of feelings, needs, and reactions when facing loss. This information about Grief and Loss (pdf) may be helpful to you or a friend. A wide range of supportive resources is also available at

Students in need of professional mental health support can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155 and employees can call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607-255-2673. Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CAPS and FSAP services are currently being delivered via telehealth. Whenever these services are closed, calls are answered by Cornell Health’s on-call mental health provider.