Oct. 20, 2009

First-year student found dead in residence hall

Boon Jim Lim '13 of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, was found dead in his bed in his Clara Dickson Hall room in the early hours of Oct. 19.

No foul play is suspected, and the death was not illness related, said Simeon Moss '73, Cornell's deputy spokesperson.

Lim's body was found by a staff member, who entered Lim's room at 3:45 a.m. after he had been told by a student who knew Lim's family that they had not heard from him for several days. Lim was known to speak to his family regularly.

Lim was pronounced dead at 3:55 a.m. by paramedics from Bangs Ambulance. Cornell University Police also responded to the call.

An investigation led by Cornell University Police is continuing into the cause of death.

Residential Programs held a community support meeting the evening of Oct. 19 and the Office of the Dean of Students held one for the Malaysian Student Association Oct. 20; another community support meeting for residents of Clara Dickson Hall will be held, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 8:30 p.m., in Clara Dickson Hall lounge. Additional groups seeking support can contact the Office of Student Support in Willard Straight Hall at 255-3608 to arrange a group meeting.

Students seeking additional personal support may contact their residential staff, the Office of Student Support in Willard Straight Hall at 255-3608 or http://ears.dos.cornell.edu/ or Gannett Health Services' Counseling and Psychological Services at 255-5208 or http://www.gannett.cornell.edu/CAPS/offsiteSupport.html; for urgent care, call 255-5155.

A memorial service is being planned in conjunction with Lim's parents. For more information contact Cornell United Religious Work at 255-4214.