Thibault Lannoy ’20 Dies at 21 Years Old

Thibault Lannoy ’20 spent the summer of 2018 as an intern at The Knoll. He died at his home last month.

Thibault Lannoy, a member of the class of 2020 and resident of Atwater Commons, died on Jan. 31 at his parents’ home in Hong Kong. He was 21.

Prior to his time at Middlebury, Thibault attended the French International School of Hong Kong and the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. He was a member of the varsity soccer teams at both schools and a delegate at the Model United Nations in Singapore in 2014.

At Middlebury, Lannoy majored in physics, studied Chinese and was an event coordinator at the Mittelman Observatory in McCardell Bicentennial Hall. In the summer of 2018, he worked as an intern at The Knoll. That fall, he became a member of Tavern Social House.

In an email, sent Feb. 1, President Laurie L. Patton highlighted the college’s availability as a resource for students affected by the news. 

“Our residential life team, counseling staff, and chaplains at the Scott Center stand by ready to help any community member who would like support at this difficult time,” she said. “Please do take care and stay connected with each other. Feel free to reach out to any of us.”

Messages sent out by various commons, including Lannoy’s own Atwater Commons, similarly emphasized the importance of turning to communities to heal.

Lannoy is survived by his father, mother and older sister. His family will hold a funeral in France, which will coincide with a memorial service at the college on or around the same day.

In an upcoming issue, The Campus will publish a full-page article about Thibault featuring stories and photographs about his life and his time at Middlebury. If you would like to contribute to the piece, please email

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