20-year-old Danbury student who died at Pace University was a ‘leader of young men’, says his father

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A Pace University student in Danbury who died over the weekend is remembered as an outstanding football player who became “a leader of young men” while attending St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, his father said.

Jordan Robinson, a sophomore at the Lubin School of Business, died on Sunday from what police described as a “medical emergency”, the university said.

Robinson’s father, George Robinson, said his son was born and raised in Danbury and attended Rogers Park and Broadview colleges. He attended Danbury High School before transferring to St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, where he led the black student union. He played football for both schools.


George Robinson said his son excelled academically and “found his voice” at St. Luke’s.

Robinson, 20, “became a leader of young men,” his father said in an interview on Tuesday.

“The outpouring of love and support from people he might not have seen in years, but who touched their lives in some way was something I was not. unprepared…it was overwhelming,” said George Robinson, describing how his son traveled. give talks on inclusion and diversity.

“He was loved, admired, respected – not just by his family but by the community, and that is the legacy of Jordan Molloy Robinson,” he added.

Pace University President Marvin Krislov said in a letter to the school community that Robinson was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and was involved “in many student organizations, including the Black Student Union and students of Caribbean Awareness”.

“He was a beloved son and brother,” Krislov wrote, noting that Robinson previously played for the Setters football team.

“He was a budding entrepreneur who owned his own design business. And he was a supportive friend and classmate and a valued member of our Pace family,” the letter read.

Mount Pleasant Police say they were called to campus around 4:05 a.m. Sunday to a 20-year-old man who was having difficulty breathing. He was taken to hospital where he died. Investigators are awaiting the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Tiffany Hamilton, the university’s diversity officer, said Robinson was “a shining light to everyone he met”. He was hired by the Hamilton office for a work-study program to be a “bridge builder” for students and to help organize events.

Hamilton said they connected after Robinson learned she lived in Stamford but was from out of state, prompting him to offer to show her around the East Coast.

“He was just a good person. It sounds very cliché, but I think being in the environment that we’re in…you know, when you meet a person who’s just a good person,” he said. she stated.

In a statement, the university said Mount Pleasant police and paramedics responded to campus and “advised they are classifying what happened as a medical emergency, pending the medical examiner’s decision.” .

Rachel Simon, who worked with Robinson in her former role as acting director of the school’s multicultural affairs office, said Robinson stood out – both with an outgoing personality and standing at 6ft 4in and with bright red hair.

“He just had a warmth and generosity that was really unusual for students in a brand new place during a pandemic,” she said Tuesday.

Simon said his housemates remembered that after Robinson made fun of Crocs’ appearance, they found a pair his size – 18 1/2. Robinson eventually owned five pairs.

“It’s such a tragedy to lose someone who had such a bright future ahead of him,” Simon said. “It’s as if his warmth and generosity had to be in someone with a big body, because it couldn’t have suited someone smaller.”

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