Young man, old soul, unforgettable legacy
When you ask Dr. Cheri Stanzeleit, MD’91, and Adam Grosjean what motivated them to create a scholarship and travel bursary in their son’s name, they’ll respond in turn with a question: “Can we just talk about Mark?”
Indeed. In talking about Mark Grosjean for even a moment, his parents’ immense grief and enduring love illuminate everything you need to know about the poignant nature of creating a legacy that helps others excel.
Mark graduated from UCalgary in 2017 with an honours Bachelor of Arts in political science. On March 12, 2018, an hour after accepting a coveted spot in the University of Toronto’s Direct Entry PhD program, he blacked out while skiing a familiar run at Panorama with his parents and died instantly.
“We’d had such a fabulous morning together,” says Adam, who describes his son as “lovely, affectionate, and a brilliant and humble academic who would never let on to anyone the range and depth of his achievements.”