Thomas Jahanian Obituary – Death: CMU President’s Son, Thomas Jahanian is Dead

Thomas Jahanian Obituary – Death: The man who died after being rescued from the Mon River Saturday has been identified as 28-year-old Thomas Jahanian, who is the son of CMU president Farnam Jahanian and his wife Tris Jahanian.

It is with great sadness to announce that Carnegie Mellon University president, Farnam Jahanian loses his son. It was revealed that, Thomas Jahanian passed away shortly after being pulled out from Monongahela River in Pittsburgh.

The incident happened in the area of the 10th Street Bridge in Pittsburgh, where the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission reported seeing Jahanian go under water around 1:45 p.m.

Pittsburgh River Rescue pulled Jahanian from the water within minutes of the initial report. He was taken to 18th Street Wharf before he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, KDKA in Pittsburgh reported.

A spokesperson for Carnegie Mellon University issued a statement about the incident on Sunday.

“I can confirm that yesterday afternoon, Carnegie Mellon University President and Mrs. Jahanian’s son, Thomas Jahanian, tragically passed away in a drowning accident,” the spokesperson said. “The Jahanian family expresses immense gratitude toward the bystander who saw him in need of assistance while swimming and immediately called 911, in addition to the rescue teams on the scene and the medical professionals at the hospital. The family asks for privacy as they mourn the unexpected and tragic loss of their son.”

The circumstances of Jahanian’s drowning were not provided. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner had not provided an official cause of death as of Monday morning.

Farnam Jahanian, a distinguished computer scientist and entrepreneur, became Carnegie Mellon’s 10th president in 2018 after previously serving as provost and interim president.


Friends, Family and loved ones are extremely sad and currently grieving as the news of Thomas Jahanian death was made known to the public.

Though our words can do little, we hope our thoughts and prayers will encourage you this period and always as you mourn, the passing soul.

May you find comfort knowing that life continues forever in heaven even as the memories shared live forever in our hearts.

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At the moment, we are not sure if any GoFundMe account was created on behalf of the dead person, either to fund the funeral arrangements or created on behalf of the family.

Although funeral arrangements is yet to be announced, it goes without saying the family is dealing with a devastating loss and could use your support. On behalf of the family, we are asking for your prayers, love, and support during this very difficult and painful time for them.

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This post will be updated with more information as they are made available and public.