Manhattanville Mourns Loss of Robert Schartner


On Sunday, Oct. 9th, 2016 tragedy struck for Manhattanville College. Student-athlete, Robert Schartner ’18 was allegedly killed by a drunk driver on Westchester Avenue.

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of a member of our community. Schartner was a Marketing major at Manhattanville and a member of the men’s lacrosse team.

On Oct. 9th, President Michael E. Geisler released a statement to the student body via e-mail:

“The level of Robert’s commitment to his team could never come 
into question; whatever he was asked to do, he did with a smile on his face. That was his understanding of what it means to be a true teammate. He loved the sport of lacrosse, he loved his teammates and he loved being a Manhattanville lacrosse player,” said Geisler.



Not only did he show tremendous spirit and commitment for his teammates, he also embodied the true meaning of a Valiant. He will always be remembered for his dedication to Manhattanville. Those who knew Schartner personally, knew his smile was contagious and could light up the room.

“Always bring your smiles.”

Our condolences are extended to Schartner’s friends, family and teammates of the men’s lacrosse team. During this difficult time, the Manhattanville community will stick together through such a devastating loss for all. As an athlete, Schartner was a well- known individual in the classroom and on the field. He was so kind, selfless, encouraging, and he was taken too soon from us all.

Robert Schartner will forever be remembered at Manhattanville College. His legacy will continue to inspire others and future Valiant’s who become a member of our community, as well as the men’s lacrosse team. We will do everything in our power to keep #3 alive, and bring our smiles with us everywhere we go.

It’s unfortunate that we must put to rest a life taken unexpectedly, unfairly, and too soon. A life that has been taken from the poor actions of another individual, who was allegedly drinking and driving. The suspect has been

charged with, but not convicted of a drunk driving charge, is set to appear in court again on Feb. 23rd.

Please, do not let yourself or anyone you know get behind of the wheel if they have been intoxicated. It’s during this dark time that we must find the light by informing, and preventing situations like this from reoccurring, while uniting as a community.

We wish to respect the privacy for the loved ones of Robert Schartner through their difficult time with this tragedy and loss. Manhattanville College will miss you Robert Schartner. Thank you for impacting and touching all of our lives. Rest in the sweetest peace, and never stop smiling.