Obituaries: Matthew Henry Struckmeyer

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Matthew Henry Struckmeyer

On the morning of February 25, 2024, Matthew Henry Struckmeyer tragically passed away after a medical emergency swimming in Santa Barbara, CA surrounded by friends and loved ones. Matt is survived by his father, Frederick, brother, Eric, daughter, Anna, and sons, Henry and Conrad. His mother, Lee Struckmeyer, MD, and brother Seth, predeceased him.

Born on September 8, 1969, Matt attended West Chester Friends School and graduated from Westtown School in 1987. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College (1991) and master’s degrees from George Mason (1995) and Harvard (2001) Universities. He was grateful for the institutions and mentors who shaped him, leading him to pay it forward throughout his life.

His role as an educator was a true vocation for Matt, sharing his love of learning with thousands of students and inspiring them to think critically, question the status quo, and cultivate curiosity. In over three decades as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, wilderness trip leader, and college counselor his dedication to young people, as well as his passion for individual and institutional growth was evident in his words and deeds. Matt led with kindness and humor and was deeply invested in those around him. An engaging English teacher, he was a lover of words and big ideas and enjoyed intellectual banter about any range of topics.

An accomplished athlete, Matt was a standout wrestler in high school and college. He was an exceptional swimmer, competing in college and in Masters Swimming in adulthood. He was at peace when he was in the water or on his bike. Matt loved to share these passions, as well as his enjoyment of the natural world with students, family, and friends.

Matt was a loving father, husband, brother, son, and friend whose memory will live on in those who were lucky to be touched by his grace and spark.

A Graveside service will be held on March 16 at Grove United Methodist Church at 11 am followed by a reception at Downingtown Victory Brewing starting at 12:30 pm. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift in Matt’s memory to Westtown School (c/o Office of Advancement, 975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382, 610-399-7858) Gifts will be designated to Westtown’s wrestling program.

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