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PACE Academy Class of '96 Tribute to Darian Q. Armfield

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One of our dear classmates passed away from Kidney disease and this is our way of honoring his work with the youth of this city. An excerpt from the page in his honor: "Darian Q. Armfield was born on April 29, 1982. From the very beginning Darian possessed a spirit of perseverance and dedication to others that was undeniable. At an early age he would experience many hardships that would have a strong influence on his life. At the age of 13 he lost his mother. Then at the age of 21 he found out that he suffered from kidney disease and a year later began dialysis. Even with these misfortunes, Darian never wavered in his desires and ambitions. After high school Darian went on to attend SUNY Albany. He later enrolled himself into the College of New Rochelle where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts. At the time of his death he was pursuing a Masters degree in Career Counseling also from the College of New Rochelle.

Darian possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. He joined Legal Shield in 2003. Although Darian would achieve much success his true passion was working with disconnected youth to enhance their personal development as well as professional growth. He began working at Bronxworks for the Young Adult Internship Program, and later join the Board of Directors at Broader Bridges where he helped guide the organization's growth with his insight and "can-do" attitude. On May 26, 2011, Darian married his childhood friend Alicia Cross in a civil ceremony. Together the two of them raised Alicia’s young son Justin. Just as he did in his career, Darian went above and beyond to make sure that he gave his all to the well being of his family. As Darian would say "No reward in life is great without a struggle behind it". That phrase was indicative to how he lived his life until the very end. With every struggle, battle, and fight, Darian overcame obstacles with an air of certainty, finesse and dignified strength. Darian fought an immensely difficult battle for many years. That battle ended July 8, 2011. Alicia Cross-Armfield now sit on our Board of Directors in Darian's stead.

It is in this memory, that we ask you to give to the Lehman College Scholarship Fund that has been setup in his name 'The Darian Q. Armfield Scholarship Fund'. We ask that you share this page with your social networks to create awareness of the "Darian Q. Armfield (DQA) Scholarship Fund".

Thank you in advance for your support!



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