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April 18, 2015

Dear Members of the Tufts Medford/Somerville Campus Community,

We are very sad to inform you of the passing of Samuel Murray. Sam matriculated at Tufts with the class of 2014 and he was currently on leave. He was an inquisitive person with interests in religion, sociology, and Africana studies. He actively sought to reach out and build relationships with people of many backgrounds; he was kind and loved to cook for his friends. This death is a loss for all who knew and loved Sam and he will be greatly missed.

We know this loss will be felt in a special way by Sam’s friends, many of whom were in the class of 2014, and by his faculty members, advisors, and others who knew him. We send deepest condolences to those who knew Sam who are on campus, those in the alumni community, and to his family in Washington, D.C.

For those on or close to campus who might want to gather soon after hearing this news, there will be an open space gathering tonight, Saturday, April 18 at 7 pm in the Interfaith Center in order to share information and resources for anyone who may need them.

The University Chaplaincy is also planning to coordinate a vigil to remember Sam in the near future. For details, please watch the University Chaplaincy website and Facebook page. For more information or to be involved in the planning, please contact

For alumni who are not near campus, we encourage you to reach out to the University Chaplaincy and to faculty and staff connections on campus for support or to find ways to continue to remember Sam in the coming days.

Several resources are available to students, faculty, and staff who may need support going forward and contact information is listed below. Please do not hesitate to reach out to these resources and others in our community in any ways that may be helpful to you.

Sincerely yours,

Anthony P. Monaco, President
James M. Glaser, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Linda Abriola, Dean of the School of Engineering
Mary Pat McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs
The Reverend Greg McGonigle, University Chaplain

For Students:

For anyone who may need support over the weekend or in the evening, there is always a counselor, chaplain, and administrator on call who can be contacted through TUPD at 617-627-3030.

The University Chaplaincy Office in Goddard Chapel is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm, and the chaplains may be contacted for pastoral care appointments by calling 617-627-3427.

The Counseling and Mental Health Service is open for regular appointments weekdays from 9:00am-5:00pm by calling 617-627-3360.

Staff in the AS&E Student Affairs office and the Group of Six centers are generally available for support weekdays from 9:00am-5:00pm or by appointment by calling 617-627-3158.

For Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff may contact the Tufts University Chaplaincy as well as Tufts Employee Assistance Program for support at any time.