Patel Memorial

Harvard is scheduled to hold a memorial service for senior Alex Patel, who unexpectedly passed away in October. (Brown and Hickey Funeral Home and Cremation photo)

The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University's student-driven publication, announced in a Nov. 2 report that the university will hold a memorial service for the late Alexander H. Patel, an Indian American senior who unexpectedly passed away last month.

Patel, 22, a philosophy and mathematics concentrator as well as an award-winning former Crimson news editor, died suddenly Oct. 22.

The Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found that Patel, an Adams House affiliate who lived off campus, died by suicide, according to spokesperson Felix Browne, the report said.

A memorial service is scheduled for Nov. 8 in the Memorial Church Sanctuary at the university, according to the report, citing an email sent out to students by Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana.

The service will be followed by a reception in Adams House, Khurana's email said.

“Many of us knew Alexander as a brilliant and supportive classmate, and as a true friend,” Khurana wrote, according to the Crimson report. “Both the service and the reception will provide the opportunity for those in our community whose lives were touched by Alexander to come together.”

Patel attended high school in Denver, Colo., before coming to Harvard. On campus, he worked as a teaching fellow for various computer science classes, conducted research in a lab run by computer science professor Margo I. Seltzer and held a side-job as an information technology consultant, according to the Crimson.

Additionally, he wrote for the Crimson covering Harvard Business School and serving on the paper’s data analysis team, it said.

A data-based 2015 story on faculty political donations Patel helped report earned him a national award, the publication said.

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