It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kuan Long Lam, Undergraduate student in the Department of International Relations. Kuan Long (also known as Marco) was in the third year of his undergraduate studies. He will be sorely missed by family, friends and staff here in the International Relations Department.
This is a very sad day for all of us. Words really cannot express the profound sadness that everyone feels. While I did not know Marco well, this past week I have come to appreciate how close Marco was to his parents and sister Tiffany and how caring a friend he was to many here at the LSE and beyond. While we hope to hold a memorial for Marco at a later date, we wanted to take time today to reflect on Marco’s accomplishments here at the LSE and to tell you how much he will be missed as a student and friend.
As Marco’s teachers will tell you, he loved learning and studying, and he was very good at it. This of course was true before he ever set foot here. Indeed, it’s because Marco stood out academically that he gained admission to the LSE. Marco excelled in a wide range of subject areas — from international relations, to geography, to social psychology. He also had a real passion for research and was hard at work on his BSc dissertation. His advisor, Dr. Spyros Economides, tells me that Marco talked a lot about going on to do postgraduate work in the field of international development.
When I was looking back over Marco’s record though the thing that caught my eye was how much he did beyond the classroom: the summer he spent working at the Center for Migration and International Relations in Nepal; the talk he gave last October at the LSE to 1st and 2nd year students about working at an NGO; and his participation in November in our annual postgraduate retreat at Cumberland Lodge near Windsor Palace — one of only two undergraduates who took up the challenge!
We hope these memories of Marco’s achievements at the LSE and the meaningful challenges and relationships he found here will provide some comfort to his family and friends at this time of painful grief and loss. Our hearts go out to Marco’s parents and his sister and the rest of his family.
Professor Peter Trubowitz
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