Vice President Lombardi offers condolences on the death of John “Jack” Robinson ’22

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that John “Jack” Robinson ’22 died at home on February 2 after a long battle with cancer.

Jack was majoring in economics and government in the College of Arts and Sciences. He grew up in Milton, MA, where he developed a love for the water. In his spare time, he also enjoyed fishing and golf. At Cornell, he was captain of the heavyweight crew team, one of only a handful of coxswains in the team’s history to be named captain. His coach describes Jack as one of the most inspirational individuals he has encountered over the course of his career.

Losing a student is always difficult, even for those that knew Jack and how bravely he battled this disease for many years. I encourage anyone who may be in need of assistance to seek support. Immediate resources are available below. There will also be a community support meeting open to all members of the Cornell community on Wednesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the International Lounge Room 414 in Willard Straight Hall.

On behalf of the entire Cornell community, I extend my sincerest condolences to Jack’s family, friends and teammates. Please keep them in your thoughts during this difficult time.


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.