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First-year College student passes away

Alec Brazukas, who passed away Jan. 31, dreamed of being a schoolteacher or pursuing business

<p>Groves said Brazukas passed away peacefully in his sleep the night of Jan. 31.&nbsp;</p>

Groves said Brazukas passed away peacefully in his sleep the night of Jan. 31. 

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First-year College student Alec Brazukas passed away peacefully in his sleep Jan. 31, according to a community-wide email sent by Dean of Students Allen Groves Friday. 

Brazukas — who came to the University from Midlothian, Va. — was a member of the National Junior Classical League in high school and enjoyed playing guitar, spending time outdoors, biking and skiing. He was always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Brazukas was described by his family as someone whose “motivation was to do something that held a purpose, rather than simply chasing pecuniary reward.” Because of this, he dreamed of being a schoolteacher or following in his father’s footsteps to pursue business.

“I met with Alec's hallmates in Cauthen House early last month to inform them of Alec's passing and to offer our community's support,” Groves said. “We wanted to wait to reach out to the larger community until the enhanced restrictions imposed last month had been lifted, enabling students to once again gather together in small groups for support.”

Brazukas is survived by his parents, Mark and Jennifer, his two sisters, Marleigh and Taylor, and his grandparents David and Betty Taylor and Margaret Brazukas. 

Many of those who knew Brazukas have posted touching tributes online.

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