William Steinberg, an 18-year-old freshman at University of Pennsylvania, died along with his family in a plane crash in Costa Rica on December 31.
According to The New York Times, William was traveling with his parents, Bruce and Irene; and his brothers, Matthew and Zachary, from the resort town of Punta Islita on the Pacific coast to San José, the capital of Costa Rica when the plane crashed, killing everyone on board.
The family was from Scarsdale, New York, and was on the last stop of a vacation before they planned to return home.
William was a student in the Class of 2021 who lived in Ware College House, where he was on the board of the Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Residential Program. He participated in PennQuest, a four-day outdoors experience for first-year students, and was involved with Seeds of Peace, an organization that promotes leadership to foster peace in communities around the world, and the International Affairs Association.
According to the Times, Mr. Steinberg worked in investment banking; Ms. Steinberg volunteered at many nonprofits; Matthew was in eighth grade; and Zachary was a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University.
The Steinbergs are survived by William’s paternal relatives: grandparents, Irwin and Diane; aunt, Tamara Jacobson (Alan) and cousins, Laura, Alexandra and Elizabeth; and maternal relatives: grandparents, Alan and Marjorie Ginsberg; and uncle, Robert Ginsberg (Rebecca) and cousins Noah and Ben.
A campus memorial will be held today, January 9 at 4 p.m. in the Class of ‘49 Auditorium, second floor, Houston Hall.