May 5, 2012

May 13 Update: Campus Mourns Death of Everett Glenn ’15

Everett Glenn '15

Everett Glenn '15

Update for Sunday, May 13

More than 150 Lafayette students, faculty, and staff paid respects to the family of Everett Glenn ’15 on Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Orange, N.J., the latest expression of sympathy and the sense of loss on campus since the tragic death of the universally-liked first-year student on May 5.

President Daniel H. Weiss addressed this message to parents on Friday.

Update for Thursday, May 10

More than 150 Lafayette students, faculty, and staff plan to attend the funeral of Everett Glenn ’15 on Saturday. The College is providing bus transportation for those who wish to use it. Many students have taken advantage of the option to reschedule Saturday exams in order to attend the service.

The number of remembrances of Glenn has grown to more than 350 on a website set up by friends to share memories.

The Northampton County Coroner’s Office and the Easton Police Department are continuing to investigate the cause of Glenn’s death, assisted by the Office of Public Safety. Information on the outcome of the investigation will be shared when it is known.

Update for Tuesday, May 8

John Colatch, College chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life, shared information with the campus community today about funeral arrangements for Everett Glenn ’15 this Saturday. The College will provide transportation to and from the church.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn have requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory may be made to Lafayette’s fencing team.

Email messages were sent by the Dean of the College and the Dean of Students Monday night to all students covering these topics: Saturday exams, transportation to the viewing and funeral, and residence hall move out.

Updated Monday, May 7

The campus is mourning the loss of Everett Glenn ’15, who died Saturday.

Counselors have been meeting individually with numerous students and consulting with parents, faculty, and staff members. They are also responding to requests to meet with student groups. The Counseling Center is open during normal hours this week, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and counselors may be reached outside of normal hours by calling the Office of Public Safety.

Counselors are also available, as is College Chaplain John Colatch, during a daily drop-in hour from 3-4 p.m. in our Interfaith Chapel, hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to provide a quiet place to talk and reflect with others.

Final exams are proceeding as scheduled, as was communicated by email Sunday to students by the Office of the Dean of the College. Beginning Sunday afternoon, the Dean’s office staff has been available to provide assistance during this difficult time and will continue working closely with staff in the Division of Campus Life and with faculty to assist students throughout the exam period.

The College is planning to provide transportation to Glenn’s funeral on Saturday, May 12, and will announce details when they are finalized. All students who have exams scheduled for Saturday are being contacted by the Dean of the College so that arrangements may be made for them to take their Saturday exams during a makeup day on Monday, May 14, if they wish to attend the funeral.

President Daniel H. Weiss updated parents in a message with the information above.

In a message Saturday evening to the campus community and parents, Weiss said, “My thoughts are with Everett’s parents and other family members at this extremely difficult time. I extend to them my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts are also with our students and all members of our community who share in this tragic loss.”

On Saturday night, students, faculty, and staff members joined Glenn’s family and friends for a prayer service in Colton Chapel. Those in attendance far exceeded the chapel’s seating capacity.

Friends have set up a website where scores of memories of Glenn have been shared by those who knew him at Lafayette and before he entered the College.

Glenn was pronounced dead at Easton Hospital Saturday afternoon. He had been transported there from his campus residence hall room by ambulance after the Northampton County Dispatch Center (911) and the College’s Office of Public Safety had been alerted about a possible medical emergency. The cause of death is being investigated by the Northampton County Coroner’s Office and the Easton Police Department, assisted by the Office of Public Safety. Investigators have indicated that there is no sign of foul play involved.

Additional information will be shared with the campus community as it becomes available.

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  1. Mr. & Mrs. Glenn, I am sorry for the loss of your dear Everett. Though I did not know him and neither did my freshman daughter, as a mom your pain is shared by all mothers, especially on this Mother’s Day. May the Lord give you a peace that passes all understanding with the knowledge that weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning and every time you think of Everett. God Bless and you have our deepest Sympathy.

    says Kathy Freeland
    May 11, 2012 at 10:55 am
  2. I was devastated to hear the news about Everett. My daughter is a freshman at Lafayette and she said she did know Everett through a mutual friend(s). Words cannot express how deeply saddened I feel for Everett’s family and friends. Randi Reilly

    says Randi Reilly
    May 10, 2012 at 11:55 am
  3. I didn’t know Everett, but I feel that I have met him through all the wonderful things people have said about him, and through all the pictures that have been posted. The pictures show that he is everything that everyone says he is. My sincerest condolences to his family.

    says Cecelia R. Merchant
    May 8, 2012 at 9:23 am
  4. To Joanne and Leonard,

    I remember how Joanne’s face lit up whenever she mentioned your son. That light, that love, will live on. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

    says Theresa Tredwell
    May 8, 2012 at 12:54 am
  5. Everett was a kind, wonderful and very special young man. His life was a blessing to us all. We will miss him. Joanne and Leanard – our love and prayers are with you and the entire Glenn family. Know that his memory, spirit and love will always be with you. He was amazing.

    says Brenda and Mark Scotland
    May 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm
  6. As a parent of a Lafayette soon to be senior, my heart goes out to the Glenn family. I do not know the the Glenns, but I feel extreme pain for their loss.This tragedy is a parent’s worst nightmare. When I viewed Everett’s picture I could only reflect upon the day I dropped off my son, watching him take his freshman picture with the same pride that the Glenn family must have experienced. I urge students to please be cautious of your decisions while on campus. This type of senseless pain and tregedy can be avoided by proper decision making on your part. My warmest sympathy goes out to all who knew Everett.

    Mrs. Basil

    says Mrs. Aliya Basil
    May 7, 2012 at 11:38 am
  7. Everett was a perfect gentleman. He left his positive energy and spirit with everyone he touched at MKA. Evervett will be missed dearly by all. Joanne and Leonard, please hang on to all though beautiful memories. Our prayers are with you and the family. The Adderleys

    says Nat and Angela Adderley
    May 6, 2012 at 11:24 am
  8. I knew this wonderful young man and his parents throughout high school at MKA. He was a very special young man and an inspiration to his classmates and their parents. He will be truly missed. My deepest sympathy goes out to his parents and family.

    says Patricia Park Connell
    May 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm

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