In Memoriam: Sen. John McCain

August 27, 2018

Columbia University mourns the death of Sen. John McCain and extends condolences to the McCain family whom we are proud to have as part of the extended Columbia community.

"We were fortunate to be able to know Senator McCain at what was undoubtedly one of his most fulfilled moments — that of a proud college parent," said Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger. "We join together with so many others across the nation and around the world who salute the life and mourn the loss of a courageous patriot and passionate defender of freedom who was deeply dedicated to public service."

Sen. John McCain in the audience with other Columbia parents at the University’s 2007 Commencement Ceremony.

Sen. McCain and wife, Cindy, with their daughter Meghan at her 2007 Columbia College Class Day graduation ceremony.

Sen. McCain with University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) and then-Columbia College Dean Austin E. Quigley (center) when McCain spoke at the 2006 Columbia College Class Day ceremony.

Sen. McCain and Sen. Barack Obama (CC’83) together on Columbia’s campus for the September, 2008 ServiceNation Presidential Candidates forum, moderated by PBS Newshour anchor Judy Woodruff and Time Magazine editor Richard Stengel.

Sen. John McCain at the 2008 presidential candidates forum in Lerner Hall hosted by ServiceNation, a coalition of organizations that encourage civic engagement.