Luigi Trenti-Paroli ’18

2 February 2017
Luigi Trenti-Paroli ‘18
Luigi Trenti-Paroli ‘18

It is with immense sadness that I share that Luigi Trenti-Paroli ’18 took his own life in Oxford, U.K. on January 19, 2017. After completing his sophomore year at Carleton, Luigi was on a year-long sabbatical and was due to return to Carleton next fall. Luigi was a budding philosopher who enjoyed the outdoors.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the Trenti-Paroli family and to those graced by Luigi’s presence at Carleton and beyond. The Carleton community is welcomed to light a candle today from 9:00-5:00 in Skinner Memorial Chapel to remember Luigi. Plans for a memorial service in New York City have yet to be finalized.

Please be reminded that Carleton and the Northfield community have a number of resources to assist during this difficult time. Student support is available through the Dean of Students Office, Student Health and Counseling, and the Chaplain’s Office. Staff and faculty may seek support through the Chaplain’s Office as well as the Carleton Employee Assistance Program.

In sorrow,

Carolyn H. Livingston
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Students who lost their lives while enrolled at Carleton are commemorated in the Carleton Student Memorial.

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  • 2017-02-03 08:20:24
    Erin Healy

    I am so sorry. I remember seeing your face around campus, I recognized you immediately. I am so sorry. My heart is with you and yours.

  • 2017-02-03 09:24:00
    Connor Webber

    Luigi was a funny, warm-hearted man and was one of the most difficult people to tackle on the rugby team. His low center of gravity and quick step made him formidable, and his eagerness to improve himself every day in all aspects of his life set a standard most people will never achieve. Bright and inquisitive, he could reliably be found in Sayles most nights working on some incomprehensible philosophical proof. He also had perfect pitch, a rare and unique gift that I thought was a myth until I met Luigi. His musical acuity made him a brilliant addition to rugby socials, where he would sing rowdily into the wee hours with a hearty laugh and a smile that truly did light up the room. I am tremendously saddened to hear of Luigi's passing. His absence was felt during his time away from Carleton, and doubtless will now be felt in great sorrow. What a loss for the world. My deepest condolences to his family. "The song is ended, but the melody lingers on." -Irving Berlin

  • 2017-02-03 09:24:38
    Steve Bai

    Rest in peace bro. You will be missed.

  • 2017-02-03 09:56:21
    Deborah Gross

    I am very sorry to hear about Luigi's passing.  I had many wonderful conversations with Luigi about his interest in understanding the inner workings of e-cigarettes, and his great ideas about experiments that should be done (and that he wanted to do) to test some of his hypotheses about them.  He was knowledgeable and committed to becoming more so, even after deciding that his Carleton major was not in the sciences.  He had a remarkably broad set of interests and skills, and they will be missed.

  • 2017-02-03 11:22:36
    Someone who Knew

    Strange that you're gone, I hope you found peace

  • 2017-02-03 12:04:54
    Julian Palmer

    I met Luigi in my A&I class Global Pursuit of Happiness. He was an avid and eager participator in our discussions. He easily grasped every concept we learned and built upon them, proposing his own ideas and questions. Freshman year, he played drums in our band Saber Tooth Moose Lion. His musical talent went far beyond the drum kit though; he composed music using Ableton, played piano, I think guitar and bass, and could sing, too. I always admired and coveted his work ethic. I wish I could have been there for him more. His smile will forever be with me. May he rest in peace.

  • 2017-02-03 16:55:08
    Justin Berchiolli

    I remember Luigi for his congeniality. Would oft see him cashing in a late night Burton dinner. Or cruising around campus on his bike; first came the business nod, then the huge, friendly smile. You were a sincere person, and it was refreshing seeing you around. Thank you for the interesting stories, the Italian conversations, and the general "I'm in a hurry, but sure why not -- let's take it easy and eat together" attitude. Ci vedremo.

  • 2017-02-03 23:43:34
    Louis Newman

    Dear Luigi, I met you in your first days on campus. I was your liberal arts adviser and so had the privilege of getting to know you as I accompanied you during the first two years of your journey through Carleton. What a pleasure it was each time you came in to talk! You were unfailingly earnest, open, eager and responsive. I felt honored that shared so much and trusted me to be your guide on this journey, and you, in turn, seemed grateful for every suggestion I offered. Watching the online video of you playing Schumann’s Arabesque, I am reminded that you were such a unique and unlikely combination--the soul of an artist, the intellectual curiosity of a philosopher and the fierceness of a rugby player all in one--to say nothing of that warm, friendly smile that you flashed so often. Luigi, I will miss you. Carleton will miss you. The world will miss you.

  • 2017-02-05 13:27:38
    A friend

    Though I knew him for a short time, he was an inspiration to me and I will miss him dearly.

  • 2017-02-06 17:18:28
    Cyrus Deloye

    I met Luigi in a car on the way to a concert in the Twin Cities. He was a very eager kid--I remember we wasted no time talking about music, biology, and his burgeoning interest in philosophy. We got lunch together last spring and he told me about how he wanted advice on how to start a club at Carleton. Luigi was interested in forming a community for people who were interested in using computer software to program music. He was a multi-talented person with widespread interests, though I regret I struggle to be more specific than this. I wish I had known Luigi better, I wish I had been a better friend and peer to Luigi, and I am deeply saddened that he is gone. I hope he's in a better place.

  • 2017-02-06 21:20:56
    Andrea Mazzariello

    Luigi, I had the pleasure of teaching you--and learning from you--in an electronic music composition course. I loved your music and I loved the unassuming, but deeply earnest, way you presented it to us. I told you that your first name is my middle name, my brother's name, my father's middle name, and my grandfather's name, and we laughed together. I wish we could have started the electronic music club that we spoke about; that you asked me to advise on it made me feel at home here, in my first year, and I appreciated that very much. It was an honor to hear your work and to teach you and to learn together. Thank you for being a bright light.

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