College student Alexander Gil passes away

Thursday, Nov. 10, Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler announced that Alexander Gil ’26 passed away. The announcement came after the William and Mary Police Department responded to a medical emergency at the Botetourt Complex early Thursday. Gil was a freshman from Arlington, VA interested in pursuing international relations.  

Gil graduated from Yorktown High School in Arlington, VA and was involved with the baseball and swim teams. Gil also served as a referee for the Arlington Soccer Association. At the College, Gil was a member of the Chess Club. 

“An extremely friendly person, Alex was looking forward to making a positive change in the world,” Ambler wrote to the community.

While Gil’s cause of death is yet to be determined, Ambler stated that no foul play is suspected.

Ambler’s  email also informed the campus community that WMPD is directly assisting those who were closest to Gil and that other resources — such as the Dean of Students office, Counseling Center, Residence Life, campus ministers and the office of Student Affairs — are available for students seeking assistance during this time. Counselors at the College Wellness Center can be reached any time of day by calling 757-221-3620.  

Ambler additionally noted that she would send a follow-up email to students once information about Gil’s funeral and memorial arrangements are finalized.  

“It is heartbreaking to lose a member of our community, and such tragedies remind us of how connected we are with one another at William & Mary,” Ambler said via email.  “Any news like this affects us all.”



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