"Tim's goal was to excel physically, mentally and spiritually. He loved life, his family, his country and his God, and strove to be the best whether he was on stage, behind stage, jumping out of airplanes or rappelling down a cliff. The song in his heart always showed through as a broad smile on his face." - His Parents
| July 5, 1967 – December 21, 1988
United States of America
Tim Cardwell, sports enthusiast, musician, actor, theater technician, soldier, was one of the 35 Syracuse students who perished on Pan Am Flight 103. A junior at SU in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Time's broad ranger of interests bears testimony to his versatility. He leaves his parents, Anthony and Barbara of Cresco, Pennsylvania, a brother, Michael, a sister-in-law and his maternal grandmother.
He graduated from Keystone Junior College, which he had attended on a Presidential Scholarship. In 1987, while at Keystone he was captain of the soccer team and was a member of the wrestling team and karate club. He also sang in the chorus and worked with the theater group. He received the Best Actor Award in 1987. He was an Army ROTC Scholarship winner, a volunteer in the ROTC Ranger program, and a sergeant in the 403rd Army Reserve National Guard at Syracuse. He had completed the Army ROTC Camp Challenge program at Fort Knox in Kentucky in 1987 and his Army Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1988 where he received his paratrooper wings. At SU he was a member of the Hendricks Chapel Choir. He was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
A former drama teacher of Tim's explains his exuberant personality: "When I think of Tim, the word energy springs out at me. He never walked; he ran. He didn't whisper; he shouted. And there was always a sense of a barely controlled force with him, like the caged strength of a young leopard."
His parents describe him, "Tim's goal was to excel physically, mentally and spiritually. He loved life, his family, his country and his God, and strove to be the best whether he was on stage, behind stage, jumping out of airplanes or rappelling down a cliff. The song in his heart always showed through as a broad smile on his face."
Remembrance Scholars Representing Timothy M. Cardwell