Tribute paid after sudden death of St Andrews student

Kaitlyn (Kate) Vasconcellos

Kaitlyn (Kate) Vasconcellos

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St Andrews University Principal Louise Richardson has paid tribute to a student whom, she said, “brimmed with energy”.

Kaitlyn Vasconcellos, who was in her final year of a degree in Economics, died in her room at Agnes Blackadder Hall. She was 24.

Kate brimmed with energy and immersed herself in her studies and extra-curricular pursuits in St Andrews.

Professor Louise Richardson, university principal

Professor Richardson said: “The loss has come as an unimaginable shock to her family in the USA and her friends and classmates here in St Andrews.

“Kate was a native of Rocklin, California, and a graduate of Whitney High School where she was drama club president.

“She brimmed with energy and immersed herself in her studies and extra-curricular pursuits in St Andrews. Her passion was musical theatre. She was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and served on its committee and was also a committed supporter of our LGBT Society.

“Kate had just given her final Honours presentation last Friday. I know that her teachers have been shocked and enormously saddened by her death. They will remember Kate as a quiet, thoughtful and determined student with an unfailingly pleasant nature.

“I know too that she had very loyal friends, and was exceptionally close to her academic family.

“Our student community has responded to this tragic news with characteristic compassion, and concern.”

Professor Richardson said Kate’s parents are said to have flown to Scotland this week.