Death of Seth Williams

   Campus Announcements | Posted on November 20, 2022

Dear Andrews friends,

It’s with great sadness that I share some tragic news we learned over the weekend regarding the death of one of our recent graduates, Seth Williams, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.

Seth, who was one of our J.N. Andrews Honors Program students, completed his biology/biomedical degree last May. He had returned to his home in Texas this summer in order to be close to his family following the death of his mother in August of 2021 and as he prepared to ultimately pursue his dentistry studies.

While at Andrews, Seth was a well-known, beloved and engaged member of our campus community. We deeply mourn his untimely death.

José Bourget, our University Chaplain, and Judith Fisher, assistant vice president for Student Development and director of our Counseling & Testing Center, invite members of our campus community to gather together in the Buller Hall Randall Student Center (Room 106) this Monday, Nov. 21, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., with focused sharing beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This informal, come-and-go gathering will be a time to mourn Seth’s passing and to remember and celebrate his life and his impact on the lives of so many in our Andrews community.

Care is being provided for Seth’s classmates and friends, both in Seth’s academic programs as well as in the campus groups in which he was active. Individuals seeking confidentiality and support may also reach out to our campus counselors at the Counseling & Testing Center here and our chaplains at our Center for Faith Engagement here.

Even if you’re unable to join us at the Monday evening gathering, please consider sharing your memories and prayers for Seth’s family and friends below; please include your name with your comments.

In this time of immense loss, our heartbreak and prayers extend to Seth’s family and loved ones, including those who were extraordinarily blessed by Seth and his life while he studied, lived and worshiped in the Andrews University community.

With care,

Frances Faehner
Vice President for Campus & Student Life



I greatly enjoyed being apart of honors with Seth…I vividly remember taking Lit in the arts with him. He is such a bright light and full of intelligence and cannot wait to see him again someday soon.
Posted by: Anonymous
11/22/2022 at 5:55 PM
I don’t know Seth. I’m a graduate of AU, way back in the 90’s. I’m not sure why this feels so devastating to me. Maybe I do. He’s the same age as my twin daughters who also recently graduated. With so much life ahead!! So many opportunities to serve God! So many lives to touch! And knowing that his family has recently experienced the death of his mother is almost to much to bear. Gods plan is holy and good. We must all hold on to that blessed hope! I pray for Gods strength and mercy and peace for all of his family, friends and loved ones. Michelle Schaefer
Posted by: Anonymous
11/22/2022 at 09:39 AM
This is very painful. May the Lord console his family and Andrews University family. Jesus is our ONLY HOPE over death (Revelation 21:4), will continue to pray for the family. Samuel K. Kesse
Posted by: Anonymous
11/21/2022 at 12:34 PM
My sincerest condolences to the family of Seth, may God be faithful to you through your time of bereavement. My prayers are with you....
Posted by: Anonymous
11/21/2022 at 11:52 PM
So heartbreaking - - extending deepest condolences to Seth's family and those that knew/loved him.
Posted by: Anonymous
11/21/2022 at 11:45 PM
I am not sure if i have ever met Seth, but i wish to register my condolences to his family, friends and associates. May God grant them hope and healing.
Posted by: Anonymous
11/22/2022 at 6:40 PM
I don't think I ever met Seth, but I am devastated by the news of his death. Another young person has gone too soon. May he rest in peace until Jesus returns. May that day be soon!
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 3:55 PM
Seth lived with us for part of his Junior year at AU. He became part of our family and we are absolutely heart broken and in utter shock. Such a sweet and gentle person! We would have lengthy discussions on solving the worlds problems or hot topics in the news. He was a good friend to my son and always respectful, caring and loving to others. He was an avid calorie and carb counter, but that all went out the window when I made Veggie sweet and sour burger loaf. His favorite. I will miss his random texts and his funny banter. I’m so thankful that he came and spent part of his spring break with us this year. I wish I would have given him a longer tighter hug. He loved his family and was always concerned for and looking out for his beloved Grandparents. He leaves behind a huge void and will be so very missed! His family is in our prayers. Barbie Councell
Posted by: Anonymous
11/21/2022 at 08:15 AM
I remember Seth as a very diligent, respectful, and hard working students. Always present in class, always scoring high in his exams yet very humble and discreet. It is with great sadness that I received the news of his premature passing. My prayers go out on behalf of his remaining family. Erhard
Posted by: Anonymous
11/21/2022 at 06:56 AM
I would always see Seth across the campus and he was just one of the smartest person in our department. I didn’t talk a lot with him, but talking with him during the Honors change day event remains to this day a very happy one. This is so shocking and I can’t stop asking “But why?” He had so much ahead of him..
Posted by: Anonymous
11/21/2022 at 06:36 AM
Seth was one of the kindest, must humble people I've ever met. It was a joy to be around him and to see how he always gave so much of his time to help others. The world is dimmer without him. But I know I will see him again. Hugs. Until later dear one. Shannon Trecartin
Posted by: Anonymous
11/20/2022 at 11:57 PM

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