Nov, 2023

Noah A. Mack ’25, of Providence; May 2. He was a National African American Recognition Program Scholar and a champion debater, as well as a track and field athlete before coming to Brown. He enjoyed writing and his work included novels, feature-length screenplays, and teleplays. He was also a mentor and leader who enjoyed the thrill of debate and coaching younger students. He created and led an affinity group at his secondary school, BMORE (Black/Brown Men at Oakwood Representing Excellence), to create a place of inclusion and understanding and a platform for advocacy and positive change. At Brown, he was a literary arts concentrator. He was active in theater and was a member of the Brown Madrigal Singers. At Providence’s Stages of Freedom Museum he served as a grant writer, speech writer, and museum curator. Recently, he began acting as a curator for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. He is survived by his parents, a brother, his grandparents, and aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Aug, 2023

Jon O. Habib ’24, of Hillsdale, Mich.; Apr. 11, following a fall while hiking in Morocco. At the time of his passing, he was studying Chinese, philosophy, and economics. He was a cofounder of the Brown Private Equity Club, participated in the Brown Journal of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, the Brown/RISD Arab Society, the economics Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG), and the chess club. He also helped review college essays by victims of the Syrian conflict so they could access higher education. He was deeply proud of his Lebanese heritage and his family connection to the Bahamas and founded the Island Time Company, a nonprofit clothing company whose proceeds are donated to the Bahamas Hurricane Restoration Fund. He was a self-taught guitarist. The day after his accident the family was informed that he had been accepted into the most prestigious summer banking internship program, the Barclays Financial Sponsors group in New York City. He is survived by his parents and a brother.

Jun, 2023

Jeffrey Schlyer ’23, of Providence; Jan. 7, in a tragic bike accident. He had been studying applied mathematics at the time of his passing. He enjoyed historical societies and libraries and worked at the Rockefeller Library. He had an appreciation for art, was an avid cyclist, and enjoyed snowboarding and nature, taking every opportunity he could to be outdoors. In 2016, he competed as a member of the U.S. National Youth Rowing team. He is survived by his mothers, Sabine Ruppel and Delphine; his twin sister; a sister and brother-in-law; his grandmother; and his girlfriend Elvira.

Jan, 2023

Zachariah Bolster ’23 ScM, of Cedar City, Utah.; Aug. 27, in a tragic speed flying accident in the Colorado mountains. He was a graduate student in cybersecurity. At the time of his death, he  had been certified in information systems security and was employed as the division manager for information systems and cybersecurity operations for the City of Lakewood, Colo. Prior to this, he was a graduate of Penn State University and had served in the Navy for eight years, completing four regular deployments and four deployments by the Executive Orders for Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He was an IT1 specialist for Seal Team Six and a decorated combat war veteran. He received an achievement medal and joint service commendation medals. He is remembered by his family and friends for his love of adventure and excitement for life. He enjoyed the outdoors and extreme sports, including skydiving, speed wing flying, scuba diving, dirt bikes, backcountry snowboarding, and triathlons. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and his girlfriend.

Jul, 2019

William Povell ’20, of Baltimore; Jan. 25. He was a computer science concentrator who also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in CS, helping to develop course materials and assisting fellow students in data fluency, software engineering, and computer systems courses. He was a mentor to high school students through Brown’s Google IgniteCS chapter. He is survived by his parents, Maryann Povell and Gregory Neumann ’91 ScM, ’93 PhD; a sister; and a brother.


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