The Drew Acorn would like to send its deepest condolences to the family of Drew alumn Dhelon Raynold ('09), who sadly passed away earlier on February 2020. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.
While at Drew University, Raynold majored in Political Science with double minors in European Studies and German. After graduating from Drew, Raynold decided to continue his education at Harvard University and was working towards a Master's degree in International Relations. According to his obituary, "at the time of his passing, he had completed a significant number of course credits and was working on a draft thesis proposal focused on St. Lucia's Diplomatic Relations with Taiwan."
Raynold's younger sister, Derissa Raynold, is also an alumna of Drew University from the Class of 2011.
A Note from Joshua Kavaloski, Professor in the Department of German Studies:
I was stunned to learn of Dhelon's death. While he was a student at Drew, he had a presence that couldn't be overlooked due to his large heart and beautiful spirit. His smile was infectious, and his intellect was never satiated. Wherever he went, he made friends by sharing his generous and optimistic view of life. In the morning on the way to class, I would see him at the early soccer practice. Then he would attend my late-morning class where we read and discussed German-language literature. And in the afternoon, while I was driving on errands, I would see him jogging around Madison. His life force was seemingly unstoppable. I admired him and stayed in contact with him long after he graduated from Drew. He will be sorely missed.
A Note from Jinee Lokaneeta, Chair of the Department of International Relations and Political Science:
On behalf of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, we are extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our dear student Dhelon Raynold (C'09). Faculty who had taught and interacted with him remember him as an extremely warm and sincere student (with an infectious smile) and a strong desire to continue his further studies in the realm of international affairs and diplomatic work. Dhelon did a major in Political Science and a double minor in European Studies and German. At Drew, he also participated in the London Semester, and continued his passion for international politics both in terms of further study at Harvard and through internships at the UN and in many parts of the world. We share our deepest condolences with the family and his friends and extend all our support and strength to them from Dhelon's department at Drew.
A Note from Carlos Yordan, Professor in the Department of International Relations and Political Science:
Even though Dhelon did not take one of my courses, I had the opportunity to get to know him when he visited my colleagues' office hours or he attended our department's events. I especially remember our conversations about world events and his deep knowledge and appreciation for diplomacy and international cooperation. Little did I know at the time that he would go on to have a very impressive career in international affairs.
Dhelon was a kind person with a great sense of humor. His passions for human rights, humanitarianism, and sustainability were infectious. Dhelon was a citizen of the world, who arduously worked to improve the human condition. His time with us was short but it was not without meaning; Dhelon made a positive difference and he did his part to make our world a better place.
I will miss Dhelon and I share my deepest and most sincere condolences to his family and friends.
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