Gregory Harder Alvernia University

Harder was a second-year Athletic Training student and member of football program

Below is a letter from Alvernia University President John R. Loyack on the passing of sophomore student Gregory Harder. This page will be updated with information as it becomes available. 

Update - 12/27/2022

  • Official Obituary and Memory Board
    • Family and Friends may call on Thursday, December 29, 2022, from 4pm-7pm at the THOMAS J. PIRRO JR. FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Vickery Rd. (corner of Buckley Rd.) North Syracuse, NY. A Funeral Mass in celebration of Gregory’s life will be held at 10AM Friday December 30, 2022 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 409 South Main St., North Syracuse, NY. He will be laid to rest next to his grandparents, Clay and Beverly Harder in North Syracuse Cemetery immediately following the service.

      A scholarship fund has been established in Gregory’s name. Contributions can be made in Gregory’s memory to the scholarship fund c/o Fabius-Pompey Central Schools, 1211 Mill Street, Fabius, NY 13063.

Dear Alvernia University Community,

I write you today with a heavy heart and the saddest news a university president ever has to deliver. We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alvernia University sophomore student Gregory Harder.

Our campus community and those who personally knew Gregory are profoundly saddened by his untimely death and we send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family and all those who knew him.

We have been in touch with the Harder family and Alvernia, is offering support and we’ll update how the Alvernia community on how you can support them in the coming days.

Early in the spring semester, we will hold a memorial service in honor of Gregory’s memory. Memorial service details will be announced via Alvernia email. As a community, we lift prayers of comfort and healing for Gregory’s family, teammates and friends. We will also organize a Tribute Board so that our community can share their memories, photos and videos of Gregory with the Harder family.

Gregory was a member of the university’s football team and was pursuing his Masters in Athletic Training. He was thrilled to be pursuing a degree he was so passionate about. An excellent student, Greg was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll as a first-year student in 2021-22 and earned the honor again for his academic performance this fall.

Finally, we know this news is difficult to process and affects many members of our campus community. Grief impacts everyone in different ways, so anyone in need of support is encouraged to use the following university resources:

  • The university’s Health and Wellness Center is able to provide referrals for counseling for students. Students can contact to begin this process.
  • Students are also able to access TimelyCare’s TalkNow service, a free 24/7 virtual mental health support, including scheduled counseling and on-demand access to a mental health practitioner. Students can visit to get started.
  • The Employee Assistance Program provides counseling to employees and information about this service is accessible through ADP.

Please keep the Harder family in your prayers during this holiday season.

Peace and all good,

John R. Loyack