about jeffrey ahn, jr.

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Born May 7, 1995 in New York City. Died June 23, 2012 in Amagansett, NY.


At the time of his passing, Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. was a rising senior at the Trinity School, where he was an enthusiastic painter, scientist, actor, two-time Student Senator, wrestling team manager, and president-elect of the Storytellers Club. Compassionate, loyal, fun-loving, and witty, he left behind many friends from all years at Trinity, a school he loved passionately and whose colors he wore proudly. Until eighth grade Jeffrey attended St. David’s School, where he was noted for his artistic talents and his commitment to service.


In 2014, his parents and sister founded The Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship to celebrate his exceptional creativity and independence.


Additionally, they also endowed a research fellowship in his name at Columbia University, where he interned during high school, and established an annual workshop for Trinity School seniors to learn basic life support skills, thus honoring his abundant community spirit and interest in helping others.


Browse the galleries on this page to view photos of Jeffrey and his favorite people, places, and things, plus a few of his artworks and sketches.


Painting inspired by Virgil's Aeneid

Painting inspired by The Great Gatsby

His last finished drawing

An early drawing that was published in the St. David's Canticle

Quick sketch in a comic book style

Quick sketch of a type of stone statue typically found on Jaeju Island, Korea

Swamp chair
Swamp chair

Quick morning sketch of a chair in the Swamp, a gathering place for students at Trinity School

Self-designed poster for a student government campaign

Jeffrey's entry in the "What I'll Miss Most" page of the St. David's yearbook

Jeffrey's yearbook page when graduating from St. David's School

At a birthday party

In the studio from a young age

At the Natural History Museum in New York

In the Sedona Desert on a family holiday

With classmates at St. David's

With classmates at St. David's

With his mom, Priscilla, age 13

Jeffrey with best friend Jack Walla in Rome on a St. David's art history field trip

Having fun with friends in Rome on a St. David's art history field trip

Sketching during a St. David's School field trip to Italy

With his sister, Presca, in Amagansett

The bulletin board in Jeffrey's room, as he left it

With a cheesecake he baked as a surprise for his labmates at Columbia, where he was a summer research intern

Cradling the family beagle, to whom Jeffrey gave the name "Perseus," after the mythical Greek hero

With his sister, Presca, in Hawaii

In Katherine Hepburn Park, age 16

With his sister, Presca, in Seoul, Korea

Self-painted as a Trinity Tiger for Homecoming

In Amagansett, age 16