Vice President Lombardi offers condolences on the death of Yiannis Stathopoulos ’24

I write today to share the sad news that Yiannis Stathopoulos ’24, a third-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student in the College of Veterinary Medicine, died earlier this week while at home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Yiannis was deeply interested in wildlife and exotic animal medicine. He received an associate degree in veterinary science technology from SUNY Delhi, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from CUNY Hunter College. At Cornell, he was engaged in the veterinary community. He served as president of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) and worked at the animal hospital. Outside of the classroom, he also enjoyed weightlifting, cycling and photography.

The loss of a community member can be difficult to process. I encourage anyone who may be in need of support to consider speaking with a colleague or friend, and to use the resources listed below. A support meeting open to all members of the Cornell community will be held on Monday, July 11 from 3-4 p.m. (EDT) via Zoom.

On behalf of the Cornell community, I extend my condolences to Yiannis’ family, friends and fellow students. Please keep them in your thoughts.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President of Student and Campus Life

Community Support 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.