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posted 08.23.2012 at 3.59 p.m. by Matt Forman

Former Brown Captain Kenney Passes Away

Charlie Kenney, a former men's lacrosse captain at Brown who graduated in 2010 and was a ground intelligence officer with the 7th Regiment of the First Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps, died Tuesday from an unexpected seizure. He was 25.

Kenney grew up in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and was a two-time All-League selection at Belmont Hill School in suburban Boston. A faceoff midfielder for the Bears, Kenney started 13 games as a senior and won 45-of-107 draws. He completed a 10-week training course at Quantico, Va., prior to his senior year to become a second lieutenant. Based in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan in September, Kenney also competed several training programs. He graduated from Brown with a degree in Development Studies: international economic development, and spent a summer in Vietnam through the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to study the Vietnamese economy and educational system.

Kenney's Brown lacrosse bio read: "For our program, captain is what we call him. In Charlie you can find the unique balance of warrior, artful negotiator, astute intelligence, and perceptive and loyal friend. Such traits are ideal for the game of lacrosse, especially at the face-off X. He has battled for Brown ... in the middle of the field, earning the respect of everyone in the program."

In a statement on the school's athletic website titled "Brown Mourns The Passing Of Charlie Kenney," coach Lars Tiffany wrote: [Charlie] was an incredible man who truly led his friends and teammates. Charlie truly lived. He battled. He backed down from nothing. He played hard, at everything."

Kenney is survived by his parents, Anne Detmer and Charles C. Kenney; sister, Elizabeth Kenney; and girlfriend, Charlotte Rizzi. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill.