Baruch mourns the loss of CPO Linzy Chapman
Baruch College Campus Peace Officer Linzy Chapman died from a heart attack last Saturday while on duty at the Newman Vertical Campus.
He was found while in cardiac arrest at around 9:30 p.m. by his coworkers, who performed CPR on him until the ambulance arrived, according to Officer Adrian Crespo who worked closely with Chapman.
Chapman, who was 62, is survived by his spouse, who works with the public safety department at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and his daughter, who works as a court officer.
“He was reliable, friendly and unfailingly helpful. He loved his job and cared about the needs of everyone who works and studies on our campus,” said President Mitchel B. Wallerstein in an email blast to students, faculty and staff.
“We are all greatly saddened by the news of his sudden and unexpected passing,” he continued.
In the same vein, Director of Student Life Damali Smith said Chapman was always warm and eager to help students and staff in need.
“My work with Officer Chapman was limited, but I often saw him around campus, and he was always pleasant and willing to help when needed,” Smith said.
“He was always gracious to our team and the students and his presence on campus will be missed. I send my condolences to the entire Public Safety team, his family and friends.”
Chapman — who worked the 3 to 11 p.m. shift in the vertical campus alongside Crespo — was known by his coworkers as a dedicated and well-respected person.
“He was very meticulous, paid attention to details, very neat. He always cared about little details, down to a T.,” Crespo said. “He was very by-the-book.”
This sentiment was shared by former school safety agent Peter Flores, who also knew Chapman well.
“He was looking out for everybody,” Flores said.
“So, if you got to do things by the book, then you don’t let things don’t slip by. But when it came to individual situations with students, or faculty, or just anybody, if he needed to go above and beyond, he would do that, within reason … He wasn’t one of those people who played favorites, but he was very, very caring about everyone that was around him.”
His interests included fishing, martial arts and television, according to his coworkers,
“Me and him, the way we bonded, was that he was an old-school martial artist and I was into martial arts,” stated Flores.
“As some people know, besides being an officer at Baruch, I was also the self-defense instructor. That was always our main conversation with each other, just about the martial arts, how things were back-in-the-day, and just doing what we can to make the school better.”
Chapman’s former coworkers and friends mainly discussed their admiration of his kindness.
“I’d have to say that the most memorable thing about him is the fact that he was good to people,” Flores said.
“He was just a good person and he always looked out for people even if people didn’t necessarily look out for him all the time … He was just one of those people that he’d rather pay it forward in advance than be one of those types of people who think ‘you have to be good to me for me to be good to you.’”