Stanford undergraduate Cady Hine dies at 24

Cady Jeanne Hine, an undergraduate at Stanford, died April 1 in Palo Alto while she was on spring break. Hine, who lived in Palo Alto, will be remembered for her commitment to helping improve the mental health of fellow students.

Hine, 24, was born in Whittier, Calif. and grew up in Seal Beach in Orange County. She attended high school at the Drew School in San Francisco and entered Stanford as a freshman in 2005.  After taking time away from the university, she returned in winter quarter 2012 as a junior English major.

"Since the first day of her arrival on campus as a freshman, Cady was remarkable for her particular combination of energy and intelligence – a curious, impassioned and sometimes mischievous intelligence," said Greg Watkins, resident fellow in East Florence Moore Hall and assistant director of Structured Liberal Education. "Whenever I was around her, a probing, fun and often challenging discussion was in store.  I will certainly miss her."

Hine co-founded Stanford Peace of Mind, a student organization that was dedicated to decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness among undergraduates at Stanford.  She also frequently attended the grief group organized by the Office for Religious Life, Residential Education and Counseling and Psychological Services after her mother died in the summer following her freshman year. She also became a volunteer with Track Watch, patrolling Palo Alto railroad crossings where several local high school students took their own lives.

"We came to know and admire her as a brave and forthright advocate for student wellness, literally putting her body where her mouth was," said Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, senior associate dean for Religious life.

Koren Bakkegard, associate dean in the office of Undergraduate Advising and Research, said Hine "impressed me, from our very first meeting, with her great capacity for transforming her challenges into opportunities for growth, insight and personal development. I will remember her with great fondness for her warm smile, resilience and tremendous potential.”

Hine is survived by her father, Jim, brother, Andrew, and stepmother, Martha, all of San Francisco.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday April 15 at Drew School, 2901 California St. in San Francisco in the Sam Cuddeback III Performing Arts wing. Light refreshments will follow in the courtyard.

Flowers may be sent, if desired, to 2826 Sacramento, San Francisco, CA 94115 and will be transported to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Bridge Peer Counseling Center, 581 Capistrano Way, Stanford, CA 94305.