Alumnus Bryan Case (C‘09), of Springfield, Va., died due to unknown causes on Tuesday night.
Case, a Philosophy major, was a United States Army veteran as well as a member of the Drew University community. According to an April 9, 2008 Acorn article titled “Student-turned-soldier deployed to Iraq,” Case was deployed to Iraq in the spring as a Psychological Operations Specialist. In the article, Case said that during his time in the army, he “developed an invaluable understanding of overcoming my own physical and mental limitations.
”Case was also active at Drew—he played rugby as part of the Drew Rugby Football Club. In the article, Case said of rugby, “It came to define the time that I spent at Drew and is the greatest thing about the school.“
This is very sad and I feel for the students who are directly impacted and who are grieving, Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Sara Waldron said in an e-mail. “We gathered a group of 15 students last night for support. Two counselors, our chaplain and Dean Merckx and I were there. Res Hall staff is watching and listening for students who are in distress. As needed, we will hold more groups. Students are encouraged to go to [the] counseling center or seek help and support as needed.” According to Waldron, she is looking into possible ways to hold a service for Case at Drew.
“For me, the best way to describe Greenly is always smiling,” Katie Kramer (’12) said, calling Case by his rugby nickname. “No matter what, Greenly was the person who could make others smile even on the worst days. His constant childlike silliness and love of having a good time is something that has always had a positive impact on those around him.
”Rebecca Madden (’12) remembers Case and his involvement in the Drew University Dramatic Society Dance Show. “He was a part of the dance show for the last few semesters he was here,” she said. Madden explained that Case always had people laughing—during warm-ups, he was always cracking jokes.
“Greenly was one of my first close friends my freshman year. I wouldn’t have known what to do with myself if I didn’t have his room downstairs to go. He was a friend to all, an amazing person and one of the most loved people I’ve ever met. I will miss him so much,” Courtney Ferrucci (’12) said.
Case’s memorial service will take place on Sunday at Demane Funeral Home in Springfiled, Va. at 1:30 p.m., with an open casket viewing at 12:30 p.m. Afterwards, there will be a reception from 3-6 p.m. at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel. Students who wish to attend should RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.