Aidan Price ’24

15 July 2021
Aidan Price

Aidan Price, class of 2024, died suddenly on June 20 in Berkeley, California. He was 19 years old.

Although his time at Carleton was brief, Aidan was a beloved member of our community and formed a tight network of close friends here. A lover of music—he played trumpet and piano—Aidan also had a competitive spirit that was fulfilled through Ultimate. When he followed in the footsteps of his parents, alumni Rich Price ’90 and Caitlin Patterson ’90, to attend Carleton, he also stepped into their legacies with the sport and became a member of CUT.

Aidan’s life was filled with “curiosity, friendship, creativity, and big hugs,” as his family shared in a beautiful reflection, and his future was bright. The family held a memorial celebration of Aidan’s life on August 1, 2021 in Berkely. A memorial service in celebration of Aidan’s life and contributions to our lives was held in the Carleton Chapel on September 26.

Memorial Service: Sept. 26, 2021

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  • 2021-07-15 18:07:11
    Amira Aladetan

    Aidan Price was a beautiful soul and an amazing person. I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of Aidan's new student week cohort and also to be his floormate in Burton Hall. Many heartwarming moments were shared as I got to know Aidan throughout the school year. Moments in time from Aidan teaching me how to accurately throw a frisbee and playing with him, to working on group activities for Biology as we made jokes with our lab professor on Zoom, and even having conversations with Aidan at 2 am in the Burton hall lounge as he stayed up late studying for his exams. I extend my sincerest sympathies to Aidan’s family and any other people who were impacted by his passing.

  • 2021-07-15 18:59:35
    Christy Johnson

    Aidan was truly one of my favorite students on campus. He was full of life and ambition, and he was genuinely a kind soul! He was polite, respectful and a great role model to others. I had the pleasure of having an exciting conversation with him the early morning of June 8th. He was doing laundry and vowed he wouldn't go to sleep until all of his laundry was done, but then he locked himself out of Davis/Burton. He walked over to Hoppin barefoot and asked if I would let him back in. On our way back to Davis, we talked about his upcoming biking trip with two of his friends. He absolutely lit up with anticipation! Biking was a common interest Aidan and I shared, so I followed their adventures on Instagram, which Aidan unfortunately never got to experience. After learning of his passing from his biking buddies, I learned from his parents that we also shared another common interest. Aidan wanted to join my ranks and become a paramedic. Aidan would have made a great paramedic! He had the heart and soul as well as the compassion to be a wonderful medic! Aidan's presence on campus with be truly missed! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet this incredible young man! Rest well and cycle on Aidan!

  • 2021-07-16 08:37:02
    Noboru Tomonari

    I am shocked by Aidan's passing. He took JAPN 101 that I team-taught with a colleague in the fall term '20. Various things impeded his studies and having to cope with remote classes under the pandemic had a lot to do with it. In the end he wanted to retry JAPN 101 again in the future; I told him that he can fulfill his language requirement another way but I really appreciated his interest in learning the Japanese language. Aidan was certainly not shy about facing challenges and to do the best he can under given circumstances. We had frequent Zoom meetings that term, our last meeting being in November of last year when he was happy about returning to CA for the winter break. I would like to express my sincere condolences to Aidan's family, especially to his parents.

  • 2021-07-16 10:50:58
    Andy Flory

    I taught Aidan in his A&I course as a first-year. (Less than a year ago!) Even among a roomful of Carleton students, he stood out. He was a fantastic musician, which we were able to witness on several occasions. He also had a fresh way of looking at the world, which came out frequently during our conversations. In one large-scale class project, we played Terry Riley's "In C," a piece that can be played by any group of musicians playing any instruments. When I polled students about what instruments they wanted to use, encouraging them to be creative, Aidan chose a Melodica (a mouth piano). I bought two, and gave him one for the performance. It was the perfect kind of off-beat choice I was hoping for! I saw him in the halls of Weitz from time to time, and we always had great discussions about music. I remember him as a big, smiling presence with a ton of potential, a very special person. He will be missed and remembered on campus. A huge loss.

  • 2021-07-16 10:57:17
    Nick Moore

    Aidan was my first-year roommate. I can’t say I got to know him as well as I would’ve liked — we shared a triple which were essentially two small singles, and he preferred to live more privately. Regardless, my memories of him are nothing but positive.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Aidan at the very start of the school year; he was the only other male in my new student week group. He was quick to speak his mind and contribute to every conversation in a lighthearted and humorous manner. He also took time out of his day to show me the correct technique for throwing a frisbee. His love for Ultimate was on full display, as he happily showed other people in our group his throwing techniques. With his outgoing personality, he was well-equipped to make the best of COVID restrictions. He joined CUT, which he said he loved, and he made many friends throughout the year.

    Aidan was also a wonderful lab partner in Bio 125. While I’ve had other lab partners who fail the contribute adequately, Aidan was ready to participate, verbalize his agreements/reservations about ideas, and carry his half of the workload. The effort he put into our partner projects demonstrated his natural leadership skills which I’m sure served him well in his other classes.

    I’m saddened and shocked about Aidan’s death. He possessed many positive traits such as his leadership that would have served him well going forward. He was destined for great things. I couldn’t have asked for a more friendly and respectful first-year roommate. To Aidan’s parents, you did a remarkable job raising him into the bright young man that he became. I send my deepest sympathies to your family.

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