Skidmore freshman Golden passes away after tragic fall in Delaware

WILL GOLDEN (photo: Skidmore College)

Skidmore freshman forward Will Golden has passed away after falling in Newark, Delaware, over the weekend.

He was only 20 years old.

According to the Boston Globe, police in Newark said he fell from the roof of a three-story building near the campus of the University of Delaware, but do not know why Golden was in Delaware or what led to the fall.

Skidmore president Philip Glotzbach released a statement Sunday night:

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,

I write today to share the terribly sad news that one of our students, Willem “Will” Golden, of Cohasset, Massachusetts, died yesterday as the result of a fall in Newark, Delaware. Will was a first-year student and a member of the Skidmore hockey team who resided in Wait Hall.

Our hearts go out to Will’s family members, his friends on campus, and those back home. We have been in contact with his family and shared our deep sympathy and offers of assistance. They will notify us when funeral plans are made. In the meantime, we are in the process of planning a campus gathering on Tuesday and will provide more details as soon as they are available.

Will had been a member of the Skidmore community for less than a year but had already made many connections with students, faculty, staff, and teammates who will grieve his loss very deeply.

Let me remind you of the additional counseling services on campus this week that were planned given tomorrow’s sentencing of the driver in the tragic crash this past October. To lose two students in one year is unthinkable, and I know that this most recent death will affect every one of us in our close community.

In addition to their regular services, the Counseling Center will be offering same-day 30-minute consultations with a therapist all week for individuals directly affected by these events. Please call the Center at 518-580-5555 the day you would like to come in.

The Health Promotion Office will be bringing therapy dogs, both large and small, to the Intercultural Center (ICC) in Case Center on Tuesday, March 22, from 12:30-2 p.m.

Wilson Chapel will be open all week for those seeking solace there and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life staff will be available each day. The Chapel will also hold multiple opportunities for reflection, mindfulness, and communion throughout the week – including yoga and meditation. The Chapel schedule is available here:

Because our ties to others are particularly important in times of loss and stress, our Peer Health Educators will also be hosting an event focusing on healthy relationships on Thursday, March 24, in the in the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall Atrium from 5:30-7 p.m.

I ask that we all do everything we can to support one another during this very challenging time.


Philip A. Glotzbach

“We are all shocked and saddened with the passing of Will,” added Skidmore head coach Rob Hutchison in a statement. “He was an absolute pleasure to coach and worked for every ounce of success he achieved this year. He was a refreshingly genuine personality, great teammate, and committed member of the program. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Golden family.”

Golden posted three goals and two assists in 13 games this season for the Thoroughbreds.


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