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May 14, 2019

Dear members of the Tufts AS&E community,

We are writing with very heavy hearts today to let you know of the passing of Samuel Lobley, an undergraduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences and member of the Class of 2019. Sam passed away on Friday from complications of long-term cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. He was surrounded by family and friends, including his mother Lisa, father John, and brothers Nicholas and Ben. He will be deeply missed by so many members of the Tufts community.

In recognition of his extraordinary scholarship and intellectual breadth, Sam was elected to Phi Beta Kappa by the faculty members of the society in January 2019. He was also presented with an honorary bachelor’s degree from the School of Arts and Sciences earlier this year. Even while awaiting and following transplant surgery, he continued to make progress towards his degree and recently submitted his senior thesis, Not in the Image of Gods, which his advisor, Professor Jonathan Wilson, has called “an extraordinary collection of deeply charged short stories.” The faculty of Arts and Sciences will have the opportunity to award Sam his bachelor’s degree later this week when they meet and officially recognize degrees for the Class of 2019.

A graduate of the Portledge School on Long Island, Sam was an English major with a minor in Film and Media Studies. Our community of learners and scholars has truly been enriched by Sam’s presence. Professor John Fyler remembers Sam fondly for “his high intelligence, his clarity of mind and speech, and his kind attentiveness to his classmates.” Professor Lee Edelman also remembers Sam as “a remarkably smart, upbeat, and engaged young man who was never defined by his challenges but rather by the resolution with which he overcame them. As a result, he stood out for his intelligence and thoughtfulness rather than for his circumstances.”

Sam’s passing will be felt deeply by many students, faculty, and staff at Tufts. We encourage all members of our community to reach out to any of the University resources listed below, or to connect with resources in your local area if you are currently traveling or are away from campus.

We are very proud that Sam will be a Tufts alumnus with the Class of 2019. Our hearts are with the Lobley family, Sam’s friends, and the faculty and staff he touched during his time with us. Thank you for joining us as we extend our compassion to everyone whose lives were enriched by Sam’s extraordinary courage, kindness, and brilliance.

Sincerely yours,

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

  • The University Chaplaincy provides pastoral care and support with grief and planning memorial tributes to all members of the Tufts community. All are welcome to reach out directly to any member of the University Chaplaincy or call 617-627-3427 Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Counseling and Mental Health (CMHS) is currently offering same-day appointments for students through May 17. Students may make an appointment by calling their office Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., at 617-627-3360.
  • Tufts has partnered with two outside resources that provide students with access to licensed therapists from any location via text, live chat, phone, and video: BetterHelp and iHope.
  • Students may also seek support through the Dean of Student Affairs Office, which is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or by phone at 617-627-3158.
  • After hours and over the weekend, students may reach both the Counselor-On-Call and the Chaplain-On-Call by calling Public Safety at 617-627-3030.
  • Faculty and staff may seek support through Tufts’ Employee Assistance Program at any time.