Vice President Lombardi offers condolences on death of Benjamin Daus ’25

It is with deep sadness that I share that Benjamin Daus ’25, a first-year student from Flemington, New Jersey, died from a hiking accident while on vacation during the winter break.

Benjamin was a student in the College of Arts and Sciences who had an interest in biology and was an avid traveler. He was also a gifted pianist and a member of the Big Red Marching Band. His engagement in the Cornell community began even before his first semester as a participant of a Pre-Orientation Service Trip (POST) and a Tradition Fellow.

The loss of a member of our community is an enormous challenge and I encourage anyone who may need support to engage with the resources below. A support meeting open to all members of the Cornell community will be held Thursday, February 3 from 5-6 p.m. via Zoom. On behalf of Cornell, I offer my most sincere condolences to Benjamin’s family and friends.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Community Resources

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. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616. 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.