Remembering Anthony Chiarenza ’18

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 3, Anthony Chiarenza ’18 died in the Crum Woods of an apparent fall. Anthony was a sophomore from Bayside, New York. Although he had not officially declared a major yet, he was planning to major in Chemistry and minor in Linguistics.

A collection was held in Anthony’s memory in the evening of Sunday, October 4. There, friends, classmates, and community members shared memories of Anthony and reflected on their loss. The Daily Gazette would like to provide this page as space dedicated to remembering Anthony. If you would like to share a story about Anthony or offer support to one another, please leave a comment below.

If you would like to share photos, videos, stories, or any other kind of memory, we will also be compiling these into a slideshow. Please send contributions to

In addition to remembering Anthony, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and one another during this difficult time. Anyone who feels they need help may contact the following campus resources throughout this time:

Campus Psychological Services (CAPS) –, or by phone at (610) 328-8059

The Dean’s Office –, or by phone at (610) 328-8365

Interfaith Advisors –, or by phone at (610) 328-8328

Father Jaehwa J. Lee, Catholic Student Advisor –, or by phone at 610-328-8578

Rabbi Adam Lavitt, Jewish Student Life Advisor –, or by phone at 610-328-8615

Umar Abdul Rahman, Muslim Student Advisor –, or by phone at 610-328-5747

Dr. Joyce Tompkins, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life –, or by phone at 610-328 -8328

Diane Anderson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs –

Leslie Hempling, Office of Student Disability Services –

Update, October 5, 2015, 1:00p.m.:

Students are invited by the Chiarenza family to attend services for Anthony Chiarenza ’18 in Bayside, New York this Tuesday, October 6, and Wednesday, October 7. Anthony’s funeral will be held on Thursday, October 8, at the Sacred Heart Church in Bayside.

Bus transportation to the funeral is being arranged by the Dean’s Office and will leave early Thursday morning. Contact Susan Lewis at (610) 328-8365 if you would like a ride to or from campus.



  1. Loving one another, let us hold Anthony, his family and one another in the light. With love and sorrow, Maurice

  2. Hello everyone —

    We realize that the new Daily Gazette commenting system may be unfamiliar to some students. If you would like to post without creating a Disqus account, you can click into the “or sign up with Disqus” box on the bottom right, which will expand to show an option that reads “I’d rather post as a guest.” Check the box next to this, and you can fill in a temporary username and email, as you always have.

    Thank you for sharing any memories of Anthony — I hope we all continue taking care of each other this week.

  3. There’s so many stupid, silly things that he used to say that I’m never going to hear again and I’m so afraid that I’m going to forget some of them.

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