Andrew Peff ’11 died in January in a snowboarding accident at Sugarloaf Mountain. Peff, who spent his first semester of college in the Colby in Dijon (France) program, had already connected with many students there and on campus.
“Like all of you, I am struggling with how to respond to Andrew’s death,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jim Terhune at a memorial service for Peff held on campus. “I want to understand—to make sense of it. That’s what we do here. We seek to know. We ask questions and we read and research and reflect. And we find answers. But none of the answers about this are complete—nor are they particularly satisfying.”
Peff was on campus for less than two weeks, but, according to many who knew him, he had already made an impact—in his Jan Plan class, in extracurricular activities, and on members of the lacrosse team.
“Andrew belonged at Colby, and he was excited to be here,” said Terhune. “You only had to walk past him on the quad to know that his enthusiasm for Colby was boundless. His time here was too short—cruelly so—but even so, he touched us, added to us, and, while we are diminished by his loss, our community is better for Andrew’s impact on us.”