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Belmont student veteran Aaron Buonanno dies Sunday

Belmont student Aaron Buonanno died Sunday.

Buonanno, 29, was a U.S. Army veteran in his first semester at Belmont. He was studying biochemistry and molecular biology.

“He was a great person with a huge personality. He will be missed on campus,” said Kim Powell, Belmont’s adult degree and transfer admissions counselor and member of the veteran success team.

University President Dr. Robert Fisher told students and faculty about Buonanno’s death in an email on Friday.

“This news hits us particularly hard in a week in which our campus is honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans,” said Fisher in his email. “Please remember that Belmont has resources available for our community members who need additional support in light of this difficult news.”

Those resources include Counseling Services and pastoral care from University Ministries. Faculty and staff can also access a confidential Employee Assistance Program through ComPsych, according to the email.

A celebration of life service will be held on Dec. 2 from 2-10 p.m. at the Clarksville Regional Airport Outlaw Field.

The Vision staff will be collecting tributes from students, faculty and friends for later publication. If you’d like to contribute, please send tributes to

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Photo published on the ObitTree website. 

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