Clarkson Mourns Justin R. Howard ‘23

May 9, 2023

Clarkson University is deeply saddened to share that Justin R. Howard ‘23, an aerospace engineering student from Greensboro Bend, Vermont passed away this weekend. Justin was a golfer, played basketball and enjoyed spending time with friends. He was looking forward to graduation in December.

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Our condolences go out to Justin’s family, friends, faculty and classmates.

During this time of great loss, we are reminded of the importance of community. Losing a fellow student and member of our University family can be very difficult. Several support resources have been provided to help any students, faculty and staff. Members of the Clarkson community who are seeking support should refer to messages sent to their Clarkson University emails.

Clarkson University expresses its sincerest appreciation for all of the agencies who aided in the search for Justin, including Potsdam Police Department, Potsdam Fire Department, Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad, St. Lawrence County Sheriffs, New York State Police, New York State Forest Rangers, Department of Environmental Conservation Police, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services, Canton Fire Department, Massena Fire Department, Parishville Fire Department, Hannawa Falls Fire Department, Hogansburg Akwesasne Fire Department, West Stockholm Fire Department, and Franklin County Emergency Services.

Clarkson also thanks the businesses of Potsdam who supported or donated to first responders, including Stewart’s Shops, Jrecks Subs, and Thai Cuisine.

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation. We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,000+ students across 95 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Our alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth. One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. To learn more about Clarkson University, go to
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