Josh Balara ’24 dies at 21
Balara, who played as an offensive lineman on the Dartmouth football team, was “sweet, calm and caring with a subtle sense of humor and a love of Legos”.
by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 03/18/23 9:02 p.m.
Josh Balara ’24, a student from Shavertown, Pennsylvania, died March 16 from an illness, College Dean Scott Brown wrote in an email to the Dartmouth community.
Balara was diagnosed with adrenal cancer in July, according to a fundraiser launched in her name. He was surrounded by family and loved ones when he died, Brown wrote.
At Dartmouth, Balara played as an offensive lineman on the Dartmouth football team and was a member of the Gamma Delta Chi fraternity, according to the Dartmouth Sports website and Brown’s email. On Balara’s football roster page at Dartmouth, he wrote that he attended College Camp before his senior year of high school, played saxophone, and had a “strong interest in technology. “.
“He was known as sweet, calm and caring with a subtle sense of humor and a love of Legos,” Brown wrote. “Josh loved Dartmouth football and his coach described him as committed, selfless and dedicated to his team, teammates and the program.”
Balara graduated from Dallas High School in Pennsylvania, where he played both lacrosse and football, Brown wrote. According to The Dallas Post, Balara was a starting lineman on his high school football team, which played for the 2019 PIAA Class 4A State Championship. All-State Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 4A team, according to the article.
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According to Brown’s email, additional support services will be available when students return to campus next week.
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