Timothy (Tim) Michael Cardwell, sports enthusiast, musician, actor, theater technician, soldier, was one of the 35 Syracuse University students who perished on Pan Am Flight 103. A junior at Syracuse University in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Tim's broad range of interests bears testimony to his versatility. He leaves his parents, Anthony and Barbara, of Cresco, Pennsylvania; a brother, Michael; and both his maternal and paternal grandmothers.
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 in 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 403' Army Reserve National Guard at Syracuse, New York. He had completed the Army ROTC Camp Challenge program at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 1987 and his Army Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1988 where he received his paratrooper wings. At Syracuse he was a member of the Hendrick's 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 within 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."
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