Passing of a Brown Student

September 14, 2020

Dear Members of the Brown Community,

We write to share very sad news. We received word recently from the family of Milan Samardjiski, Class of 2023 that he had died unexpectedly. Milan was at home with his family in Macedonia.

Milan’s studies at Brown began in the autumn of 2019. Quickly, he became a respected member of the campus community and a cherished and generous friend to peers, especially within his close cohort of international students. Prior to his matriculation on College Hill, Milan graduated from the United World College Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, Germany.

Milan’s academic advisor, Panetha Ott, Brown’s Director of Admissions for International Recruitment remembers him warmly, especially for his sophisticated capacity to engage with complex human questions. In his study of music theory last year, his faculty member remembered his accomplishment as a pianist—study he had only recently begun. Grateful for Milan’s life and many accomplishments, we grieve for his loss to his family, to Brown, and to so many.

The Chaplains extend an invitation to Milan’s Brown friends and faculty to gather onWednesday, September 16, 2020 from 4:30-5:30 PM ET to share memories and comfort. The ZOOM access is:

Students in need of support or counsel are urged to reach out to any of the following for assistance:  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or (401) 863-3476: the deans in the office of Student Support Services  (401) 863-3145; or the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life (401) 863-2344.

On behalf of the entire Brown University family, we extend our deepest sympathy to Milan’s family and friends and hold them in our thoughts.


Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life
Rashid Zia, Dean of the College