Remembering Nick Klawes

Nick Klawes ’13 died Tuesday. He was 22. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Nick was a Philosophy major and a resident of Madison, Wis. On Wednesday, there was a community gathering in JRC 101 to share memories about him. Nick was described as a loyal friend, a talented musician and an intelligent, thoughtful conversationalist who, despite his own vast knowledge, never made anyone feel like their ideas were useless. Friends also spoke about Nick’s performances at Open Mic Nights, his kindness in class discussions and his genuineness.

At the gathering, students were reminded of the variety of resources available at this time. RLCs, SHACS, the Chaplain’s Office, Security and Academic Advising are available to any student seeking support.

The S&B would like to create a public space to honor and celebrate Nick. We invite anyone to share stories, memories, photos, videos and anything else about Nick in the comment section below or to email photos and other files to for us to share here.

'Remembering Nick Klawes' have 7 comments

  1. December 14, 2012 @ 12:15 am Unknown

    One of the greats here.

    Wont stop listening to Pale Blue Eyes because of him and I might never do.

  2. December 14, 2012 @ 1:11 am Grinnell Townie

    I knew him as a one of my nice, honest and very personable customers. I feel very sad about this and pray for his friends, family and the Grinnell College student body and faculty. He was always very kind to people, even those of us in Grinnell who are not students.

  3. December 14, 2012 @ 3:46 am Anonymous

    When Nick worked Outtakes, I remember how he ran to get me a meal even after I showed up 20 minutes past outtake hours.

    Once, at the Grille, he burned his hand making ramen for me.

    One day, I went up to him to thank him for being so kind- the conversation ended with him comforting me about my classes.

    All three encounters can be summed up like this: Nick was just a wonderful, kind, and considerate human being.

    I’m so sad he’s gone. I wish I knew him better.

    To his friends, family, and other loved ones: I am so sorry for your loss. Please stay strong.

  4. December 14, 2012 @ 1:31 pm Sylocat

    I remember him as Guildenstern in a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that he produced at the YSP playhouse a couple years ago… he was an amazing actor, and director.

    He was quite a traveler, too… I remember hearing about his stay in Grenada, and trips overseas to study.

  5. December 17, 2012 @ 12:51 pm Robert

    Nick Klawes was a legend in his local theater scene in Madison Wi. I knew him from the Young Shakespeare Players theater. He was one of the great ones.

    I didn’t even know that he liked Pale Blue Eyes, but somehow I always figured that he did.

    The man was a lion. A gentle, loving, but strong lion.

  6. December 21, 2012 @ 11:47 am Nemo

    I knew Nick as this great mythological figure and older brother of a close friend at my theatre.

    I always heard of how talented he was, even saw him act once, and strived to be like him.

    The day he complemented me on one of my performances will always be a moment that I hold dear in my heart.

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