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Obituary-- Edward B. Hontz Jr.

Edward B. Hontz Jr.

Edward B. Hontz Jr. '92 died on June 4 after falling from the roof of Building 66. The death is believed to be a suicide, though no note or other formal indication has been uncovered by police, said Associate Dean for Student Affairs Robert M. Randolph.

Hontz, 21, was found shortly before 10 pm by a passing student. His body lay between Buildings 56 and 66. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Middlesex County medical examiner. The following week, on June 12, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, VA.

Randolph, who heads Student Assistance Services, said that while he did not have any details about Hontz's condition immediately prior to death, there existed "some indication that was depressed."

A computer-science major, Hontz was described as "really friendly," "very relaxed" and "extremely intelligent" by his fraternity brother, Zeta Beta Tau Vice President Eric A. Lehman '92. He was also interested in mathematics, Lehman added, and enjoyed playing ultimate frisbee in his leisure time.

Hontz had been living in ZBT's Brookline house for the summer, though he had lived in Senior House last spring and planned to move back there in the fall. He spent last fall studying mathematics in Hungary.

He is survived by his parents, Edward Sr., a captain in the US Navy, and Jacquelyn, both of whom live in San Pedro, CA, and two sisters, Jennifer and Gretchen.