It is with great sadness that we must say goodbye to a member of our family today. On April 26, 2015 Peter Cronkite ’15 took his own life. Peter was devoted to Colby Rugby and a role model to everyone involved in the club.

In his four years at Colby Rugby, Peter played scrum half with an unconditional love for the sport, his club, and his teammates that embodies the spirit of the CRFC. During his tenure Peter was awarded many accolades at the position and was a staple of rugby here on campus.

10293651_10152504218882861_2359680040892525939_oIf you wish to contribute to the Colby Echo memorial issue, please email any thoughts or comments to Kiernan Somers ( In addition, at 5 p.m. today there will be an informal gathering in the Lorimer Chapel in his memory. Services will be in the Waterville area and the club will pass along information as it becomes available.

Peter was a great friend and leader to all those who knew him, as well as a figurehead of rugby on campus. Colby Rugby mourns the loss of one of our brothers today.

The services for Pete Cronkite ’15 will be held this Saturday, May 2, at the Church of the Heavenly Rest located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 90th Street. The funeral will begin at 11am. All are welcome. An additional memorial ceremony will be held in Waterville next week and CRFC will pass along details as soon as they become available.

Cronkite diveIf you would like to contribute to the Echo’s memorial issue, please send any comments or remarks (length does not matter) to Kiernan Somers at by Thursday at 6pm. The issue will not be published online; however, if you would like to receive a printed copy, please contact Kiernan Somers.



The Cronkite family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Colby Rugby. See for more information.

Dear Rugby Alumni,

I am writing to share the incredibly sad news that a member of Colby’s senior class and a dedicated rugby player, Peter Cronkite, took his own life this weekend. Peter was very much at home in the rugby community, and I wanted to be sure that alumni who are part of that extended family were aware of this tremendous loss.

Below is the message President David A. Greene sent to the campus community this morning. Please feel free to be in touch.


David A. Greene


Dear Members of the Colby Community,

It is with deep sadness that I write to report that Peter Cronkite ’15 took his own life this weekend. Peter’s death is devastating to his family, his many friends, and the entire Colby community. Our hearts are heavy as we try to come to terms with this tremendous loss.

A classical civilization major and cinema studies minor from New York City, Peter was a dedicated member of the men’s rugby team and was sports editor of the Colby Echo. Peter had great passion for the ancient world, and he was slated to receive the department’s Foster Prize for Classical Civilization for achieving excellence in his major. His love of participating in athletics, which had been an important part of his life since he was very young, combined with his intelligence and kind, incredibly likeable personality, won him scores of friends and admirers at Colby.

I know I am not the only person for whom this raises intense emotions. Of course those who were closest to Peter bear the greatest burden. But the death of a member of our community is a loss for everyone. At this time it is especially important for us to remember our commitment to taking care of one another in every way we can. If you have concerns about yourself or anyone you know, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office, the counseling center, or the Office of Security.

We have opened the Rose Chapel today for any member of the community who would like a place for quiet reflection or to talk with a member of the counseling staff or chaplain staff. All are also welcome to drop into the health center or set up a meeting with a counselor through or the Dean of Students Office (, 859-4250).

At 5 p.m. today we will gather informally in Lorimer Chapel to remember Peter and reflect on this loss. All are welcome. Additionally, we have lowered the flag in his memory. In the coming days we will be in touch with additional information about memorial services and opportunities to remember Peter. In the meantime, I hope you will watch out for one another and seek support for yourself as needed.

I know I speak for the entire community in expressing my condolences to Peter’s family and friends.


David A. Greene