Bonderman Travel Fellowship

August 30, 2023

In Memoriam: Samuel Roller (2002-2023)

Photo of Samuel Roller

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Samuel Roller, a 2023 Bonderman Fellow, passed away on August 21, 2023 following a sudden and brief battle with cancer. 

Samuel was eager to experience the world and looked forward to departing on his Bonderman Fellowship this fall. He planned to travel to Paraguay, Bolivia, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Nepal, and the Philippines, where he hoped to gain new perspectives on social life and relationships with nature across diverse cultural and physical landscapes.

Samuel’s self-described commitment to freedom, knowledge, and service led him to receive his master’s degree in Middle East Studies at the age of 21. He was motivated to pursue independent travel after graduating, embodying the values of the Bonderman Fellowship with his desire to know the world, foster personal growth, and encounter the unfamiliar.

Samuel was a beloved member of the University of Washington community, and our hearts are with his loved ones during this difficult time. We were proud to have him represent the University of Washington in other countries and knew he would be remembered for his kindness and authenticity everywhere he traveled.

A fundraiser has been created to support Samuel’s family at this difficult time.

Learn more about Samuel and his time at the Jackson School of International Studies.