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November 11, 2019

Dear Members of the Tufts AS&E Community,

We are writing with great sadness today to let you know that we have learned of the unexpected passing of Matthew Gesell, an undergraduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences and member of the Class of 2023.

Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, Matt joined the Tufts community this fall with aspirations of working in medicine. His instructor and advisor, Matthew Harrington, has shared that Matt was a person with wide interests and intellectual curiosity, especially about science and math. Matt’s friends also remember him as funny, creative, and kind. He will be remembered on our campus for his artistic skills, as well as his intellectual energy and great care for others.

We know that Matt’s passing will be felt deeply by many here at Tufts. Our hearts go out to his friends and classmates, and to the faculty and staff members he met during his time with us. To Matt’s family, we offer our sincerest, most heartfelt condolences.

We encourage all members of our community to reach out to any of the University resources listed below that might be helpful in the coming days and weeks. Counseling and Mental Health (CMHS) will also be holding walk-in hours until 4 p.m. today, and from 12 – 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday this week, for any student who would like to speak with a member of their staff. For those of you who are away from campus or who are traveling for the Veterans Day holiday, we encourage you to connect with resources in your local area.

Please join us once again as we extend our deep compassion and condolences to Matt’s family.

Sincerely yours,

Anthony P. Monaco

James M. Glaser
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Jianmin Qu, Dean
School of Engineering

Nancy Thompson
Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer ad interim

Christopher Rossi
Dean of Student Life and Engagement

Jennifer Howe Peace
University Chaplain ad interim

University Resources

  • After hours, over the weekend, and during holidays (including today and tonight), students may reach both the Counselor-On-Call and the Chaplain-On-Call by calling Public Safety at 617-627-3030.
  • Counseling and Mental Health (CMHS) is holding open walk-in hours today until 4 p.m. for any student who would like to speak with a member of their staff. CMHS will resume normal operating hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) tomorrow, and will be holding open walk-in hours from 12 – 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday this week. In addition to walking in, students may schedule same-day or regular appointments with CMHS by visiting their office or calling 617-627-3360. You may learn more about making an appointment and other services through CMHS on their website.
  • 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.
  • The following offices will be available beginning tomorrow during normal operating hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.):
  • Faculty and staff may seek support through Tufts’ Employee Assistance Program at any time.