Reif announces death of Phoebe Wang, sophomore in mechanical engineering
Phoebe Wang ’17, an undergraduate student residing in MacGregor House, has died, President L. Rafael Reif said in an email to members of the MIT community on Tuesday evening.
According to the letter, Wang was a student in the department of mechanical engineering. Wang, who hailed from Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, was also an active member of her dormitory and played the flute in the MIT Symphony Orchestra. Reif commented that her friends valued her humor, passion for music, and curiosity.
Wang worked at MIT’s Lewis Music Library and conducted research at the MIT Energy Initiative, according to her Facebook profile.
“In recent months we have lost too many of our cherished students and dear friends,” Reif said. Within the past month, Reif also reported the death of Austin Travis, a graduate student in the chemistry department at MIT.
Reif’s email did not specify the cause of Wang’s death.
Reif listed the following resources for support for undergraduates: Student Support Services at 617-253-4861 and members of their house team and advisors. For graduate students, Reif mentioned the following resources for support: the Graduate Personal Support staff in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education and graduate students’ housemasters. MIT’s student support and mental health services resources can also be reached at http://together.mit.edu, or via phone at 617-253-2916 during the day or 617-253-4481 during nights and weekends.