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In Memoriam: Isaac Scharbach – Class of 2021

by | Aug 3, 2020 | In Memoriam, News

[photo of Isaac – from Davidson College Facebook page]



Monday afternoon Davidson College shared the following news:

“It’s with a heavy heart we announce the death of one of our own, Isaac Scharbach ’21, who died in a bicycle accident on Saturday. Isaac was an extremely talented studio art major at Davidson who was curious, kind and a brother to eight.

Above all, he was a Wildcat, and we will miss him greatly. His family asked donations go to Davidson Catholic Campus Ministry and that friends please send memories of how Isaac touched their lives to his sister, Keelan ’19, at [email protected]

A report from a Baltimore news station said that Isaac was hit from behind and died at the scene of the accident in Upperco, Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Upperco is an unincorporated community in Baltimore and Carroll counties. The driver remained at the scene, and police are seeking any additional information from witnesses to the accident.

Isaac Scharback’s high school photo. He was a rising senior at Davidson.

Family friends started a GoFundMe account to help Isaac’s family cover the costs of his memorial.

At the time of the writing of this article, nearly $34,000 had been raised toward the $40,000 goal. In addition to financial donations, people are also leaving comments on the GoFundMe page. The following are but a few of the comments from donors with a Davidson connection.

Angenette: Isaac was kind, inquisitive, talented and so much more. It was a pleasure to have him work in our office at Davidson. Just last week we discussed him rejoining our team this fall and how much we’d miss him after graduation. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and loved ones.

Abigail: Isaac lived on 3rd Belk during my time as a Hall Counselor. I had the pleasure of seeing him grow so much in his first year at Davidson. He made everyone’s days brighter through his art, smile, and genuine interest in others. He will be dearly, dearly missed. Sending prayers and warm thoughts.

Nicole: I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my thoughts. – Faculty member at Davidson College.

Winnie: I had the pleasure of having Isaac as a work-study student in the Office of College Communications. He was an incredibly talented artist and a pure delight as a coworker. I enjoyed hearing about his travels and all the new art techniques he was learning. We will miss him terribly! My heart goes out to his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Foivos: This is a devastating, heart-wrenching tragedy — even more so for Isaac’s close ones. Isaac was one of my junior year hallmates. From the little I knew him, he was a kind-spirited person who stood as a genuine friend to me during a personal challenge. Please consider donating. My condolences to the Scharbach family.

I didn’t know Isaac well, but we washed dishes together at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House kitchen. Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) hosts a Thursday evening dinner for students and two years ago we (DCPC) expanded our Room In The Inn program to include Thursday nights. That expansion meant that on a few Thursday nights in February and March, our efforts overlapped. And when it did, we wound up in the kitchen – cleaning the dishes at the end of the meals for our respective groups. He always had a smile, and the willingness to pitch in to get the work done. He was a natural leader in the CCM group, and I know he will be missed.

In March, as the campus closed down due to COVID-19, a group of the Catholic students decided to stay in touch via a group chat. Some of the first year students decided also to meet weekly on Tuesday nights to pray the Rosary. Tomorrow night they will do so – honoring the life of Isaac.


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