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Dear members of the Tufts AS&E community,

We are writing with great sadness this evening to let you know that we have learned of the unexpected passing of Shubha Debnath, a member of the Class of 2021 in the School of Arts and Sciences.

A first-generation student who graduated from Concord Academy, Shubha came to Tufts in the Fall of 2017 from Paterson, New Jersey, to pursue a pre-medical course of study. A volunteer in the Somerville schools, Shubha was an active member of the Bengali Association at Tufts. His Wren Hall roommates describe him as a brilliant and loyal friend, possessing a lightning-quick mind and an extraordinary wealth of information to engage nearly any topic.

We know that Shubha’s sudden passing will be felt deeply by the many students, faculty, and staff he met during his time at Tufts. We are inviting all members of our community to join the University Chaplaincy, Counseling and Mental Health Service, and Dean of Student Affairs Office for a gathering at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Interfaith Center to reflect, find support, and connect with resources. We also encourage community members to reach out to any of the University resources listed below that may be helpful in the coming days and weeks.

Thank you for joining us as we extend our deep compassion to Shubha’s friends, and our sincerest, most heartfelt condolences to his family.


Anthony P. Monaco, President
James M. Glaser, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Jianmin Qu, Dean, School of Engineering
Mary Pat McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs, AS&E
The Reverend Greg McGonigle, University Chaplain

University Resources

Faculty and staff may seek support from the University Chaplaincy, as well as Tufts’ Employee Assistance Program, at any time.