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In Memory: Eric Vandercar ’83

We received the following email from Dr. William F. Hamilton from Penn on Thursday, Feb. 5:

It is with deep sadness that I write to you regarding the passing of M&T alumnus Eric Vandercar (’83). Eric was a passenger on a commuter rail train that crashed in Westchester County, New York earlier this week. We are shocked and distressed by this tragic loss and offer our sympathies to Eric’s family and friends.

Eric graduated from Penn and M&T in 1983, having studied Computer Science, Systems Science, Finance, and Decision Sciences. At the university he was a member of the Amorphous Juggling Club, the Decision Science Club, and Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.

After graduation, Eric joined Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, then Kidder Peabody in New York, and later Comcast in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. He eventually moved to Morgan Stanley as a municipal bond arbitrage trader and a municipal and treasury portfolio strategist. He was named Executive Director of Municipal Funding and Liquidity at the firm and went on to work there for 27 years. He joined Mesirow Financial one year ago as Senior Managing Director and Head of Municipal Funding.

Eric was a long-time member of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, interviewing a number of Penn and M&T applicants in his area. He enjoyed skiing, whitewater rafting, and was passionate about live music, following a number of bands including moe. and Phish. Members of the band moe. released a statement expressing their grief.

Eric is survived by his wife Jill and two children. The family has not yet announced service or memorial information.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family and M&T alumni community.

Sincerely,
Dr. H