Benjamin Francis Rivell, a staff member of the Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS) at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science since July 2014 and a student in the computer science masters program, died Tuesday, March 20 of an accidental drug overdose in Kensington. He was 28 years old.
Before joining Penn Engineering, Mr. Rivell, who grew up in Kennett Square, served in the Air National Guard and Air Force. He was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2010, he served as a computer operator at Balad Air Base, in Iraq, before being honorably discharged.
Mr. Rivell is survived by his parents, William Howard Rivell and Laura Dean Douglas Rivell; sister, Grace; brother, Douglas; paternal grandmother, JoAn Rivell; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Contributions in Mr. Rivell’s memory may be made to a Scholarship Fund with the Caron Foundation (www.caron.org).