Stuart J. Hendel ’80, passed away on October 20, 2018 at the age of 60, after waging a courageous battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Diagnosed in 2016, Stu, in typical form, turned his considerable intellect and business savvy, toward raising funds to help find a cure for this horrible disease. For example, since 2017, Stu hosted two fundraisers in New York City that raised almost $3 million for Project ALS, with the funds going toward ALS drug testing studies being conducted at Columbia University and at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University. Scott Philllips ’80 and Richard Cohen ’81 attended the 2018 fundraiser this past January, and, while speaking was difficult for Stu at that point, they both reported a large smile instantly spreading across his face upon seeing them. It took Scott back to his days with Stu in 1976 in Clark Hall freshman year when they met for the first time and coined nicknames for each other that they used for more than 40 years.
Richard in 1981 followed Stu to Cornell Law School, where Stu once again distinguished himself academically without taking himself too seriously, winning traits of his that stayed with him throughout his life.
After Cornell, and following a short stint with a large NYC law firm, Stu embarked on a very successful career in the “prime brokerage” business in the NYC area, spending time at firms such as Morgan Stanley, UBS, Bank of America , Eton Park Capital Management and most recently, with Lightkeeper LLC.
Stu will be missed by all of us who had the good fortune to have known him, but especially by his family, including his spouse Leslie of 28 years, and their three children, Michael, Evan and Lauren.
Thank you to Scott Philllips ’80 and Richard Cohen ’81 for this heartfelt tribute.