Norris Pride was a sophomore at Columbia Engineering who passed away over the weekend, according to an email sent by Dean Shih-Fu Chang and Dean Josef Sorett to the Columbia community on Tuesday. Norris Pride was a brilliant and ambitious student who had a passion for research, physics, and quantum computing. His death is a tragic loss for his family, friends, and the Columbia community.
Norris Pride’s Life and Achievements
Norris Pride was born on April 24, 2003, in South Chesterfield, Virginia. He graduated second in his class from Matoaca High School, where he excelled in academics, sports, and extracurricular activities. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society. He also played basketball, soccer, and tennis, and was a part of the marching band, the jazz band, and the chorus.
Norris Pride’s love for research, physics, and quantum computing brought him to Columbia Engineering, where he majored in computer science and aspired to obtain his Ph.D. and become a researcher or college professor. He was interested in studying different languages and described himself as having “an innate desire to discover and innovate”. He was also dedicated to giving back and started a club to mentor students in underserved communities who were interested in SAT.
Norris Pride was a recipient of several awards and scholarships, such as the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship, the Ron Brown Scholars Program Scholarship, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. He was also a finalist for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Regeneron Science Talent Search.
Norris Pride Cause of Death and Memorial Service
The cause of Norris Pride’s death has not been disclosed by his family or the Columbia administration. However, Dean Chang and Dean Sorett expressed their condolences and support to his family and friends in their email. They also announced a planned gathering in memory of Norris Pride that was held on Tuesday, November 1, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm in 401 Lerner Hall. They also highlighted the resources available to Columbia students who may need counseling or assistance during this difficult time.
Norris Pride’s death has shocked and saddened the Columbia community, who remembered him as a talented and kind-hearted young man who had a bright future ahead of him. He was a beloved son, brother, and role model to his two younger siblings. He was also a friend and colleague to many students and faculty members at Columbia Engineering and beyond. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Rest in peace, Norris Pride. You will always be remembered.