Brian Weber, a College of Arts & Sciences freshman, was found dead in his South Campus dorm room at 516 Park Drive by a roommate on Friday evening. Weber was majoring in biology.
Boston Police are investigating the cause of death, but say there are no indications of foul play.
Weber, who was from Singapore and was bilingual in English and Japanese, attended high school at Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts, where he was a varsity athlete in track and field and worked on The Tavern, a student-produced website with contributors from several Massachusetts boarding schools. He wrote op-eds that included one questioning how Trump supporters could claim “to not be racist even after knowing that Mr. Trump is a racist and a xenophobe.”
Weber traveled while at Deerfield Academy, and he wrote about his experiences helping with a turtle research expedition in the Bahamas and snacking on insects in China’s Yunnan Province. “The mountain has a gondola going most of the way up, with a long staircase near the top that would take us as far up as we could go,” he wrote about the China trip. “The farthest tip where we could travel was incredibly beautiful. Near the top of this sacred mountain we were engulfed by clouds, yet the sunlight managed to highlight all of the mountain’s jagged outcrops and imposing height. It was bewildering to feel so small.”
According to his LinkedIn page, Weber was a member of BU’s Premedical Society, the BU Finance and Investment Club, and the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau, which is not recognized by the University. He was certified in scuba, CPR, and wilderness first aid.
No details about a funeral or a memorial service are available at this time.
Elmore says that counseling support is available for all students, faculty, and staff, on campus and abroad, and he urges anyone seeking help to contact one of the following resources:
- Marsh Chapel chaplains can be reached at 617-353-3560.
- Behavioral Medicine providers at Student Health Services can be reached at 617-353-3569.
- Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) counselors can be reached at 617-353-SARP (7277).
- Counseling is also available for faculty and staff through the Faculty & Staff Assistance office, 617-353-5381.
- The Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders is at 617-353-9610.
BU Today will provide updates as information becomes available.