RIP Bill Zeller

Bill Zeller

Bill Zeller was a programming student at Princeton who killed himself on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The note he left behind is being published, in it’s entirety around the innernets, and really, I think people should read it. It speaks of  his struggle with the horrors of his youth, the darkness that comes with depression and religious intolerance. Maybe if people all understood that everybody is struggling with something, they’d cease to treat others with the meanness that is so common in our society.

A memorial service is being planned for Princeton graduate student William “Bill” Zeller, who died Jan. 5, 2011, at a local hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a suicide attempt at his home near campus. He was 27.

A University service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Garden Room of Prospect House with a reception immediately afterward. The service is open to members of the Princeton University campus community and Zeller’s family and friends.

A native of Middletown, Conn., Zeller was pursuing a doctoral degree in computer science, having earned his master’s degree from Princeton in 2008. He received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in 2006. He was active in the Graduate Student Government and participated in an influential technology blog, among other activities.

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