Dear Members of the University Community:
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Arvel Adams, a student in the Class of 2020. Arvel withdrew from the University last November following an October diagnosis of kidney cancer. He hoped to win his battle against this disease and return to Grounds, complete his studies, and walk the Lawn with the Class of 2020. Although Arvel fought bravely with the support of family, friends, and his treatment team at NYU Langone Hospital, he passed away on May 17, surrounded by family and friends.
Arvel was a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, taking several courses in economics and business. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Arvel attended The Dalton School prior to coming to UVA. He held internships with J.P. Morgan Chase and the Office of the Mayor in New York.
Arvel has been described by those who knew him well as "incredibly caring and empathetic, insightful and thoughtful," as well as possessing a maturity well beyond his years. An individual who always maintained a positive outlook, Arvel displayed a "contagiously positive attitude" and had "a laugh and smile that brightened the gloomiest of days." He loved playing basketball and was a passionate fan of the New York Knicks. At UVA, Arvel was active in the Virginia Case Club (a student group focused on business case competitions) and the University Democrats.
The loss of a classmate and fellow member of our community is always challenging. If you need support during this time, you may call Counseling and Psychological Services at 434-243-5150, 24 hours a day. Information about CAPS is available on the Student Health website. If you are a student at home for the summer, you may still call CAPS staff for assistance. I also urge you to discuss your feelings with family and friends and seek their support.
Faculty and staff can find a similar resource through the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program by calling 434-243-2643 or by emailing the office via the FEAP website.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Arvel's mother, Agatha Harper, of Brooklyn, New York; other family members; and his many friends, UVA classmates, and faculty whose lives he impacted in a positive way.
Please keep Arvel's family and many friends in your thoughts.
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students