Purchase College is dedicating Kalladeen’s Corner, a new study lounge in the Crossroads Residence Hall, to honor Spec. Anthony N. Kalladeen, a Purchase student and resident assistant who was killed in Iraq serving his country. The dedication will take place May 2 at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow in the Southside Lounge, Campus Center South Building.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.
Special guests attending the dedication include Kalladeen’s mother, Maria Vidal; Lucian J. Caldara, Westchester County Detachment Marine Corps League; and representatives of the National Guard. Kalladeen’s brother, Chad Pillai, is stationed in Iraq and unable to attend. Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz will officiate.
Anthony Kalladeen served as a Purchase College resident assistant for three semesters in the freshman residence halls Big Haus and Crossroads, enjoying great popularity with his peers and first-year students. He was a superb mentor and model for the residential community. He touched students’ lives and helped them grow in his capacity as an RA. A former Marine, he was wrapping up his second tour of duty in Iraq as a member of the Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment out of New York City. He planned to return to Purchase to complete his studies. Kalladeen’s Corner will serve as a place of reflection where students can gather to socialize and study.