August

Message from the President: The Passing of Kaitlyn Doorhy '16

News Story: August 23, 2014

Dear students, friends and faculty,

It is with a heavy heart that I share news just issued this afternoon by St. Vincent's Medical Center that Kaitlyn Doorhy has passed away as a result of the injuries she sustained when she was struck by a motor vehicle yesterday. Last night, more than 700 people gathered in the quad, along with Kaitlyn’s parents, for a candlelight vigil—offering up love and prayers and coming together as our community always does, good times or bad. I know your love and support meant a great deal to the Doorhys and will continue to in the coming days and weeks.

I was unable to attend last night’s vigil, as I was dropping off my own daughter for her sophomore year of college. As you can imagine, my thoughts have been a jumble of love for her and sorrow for Kaitlyn’s family and friends and for the loss of such a vibrant member of our community. I am thinking of the members of the class of 2018 who are moving in this weekend and hearing this sad news on a day that should be all about excitement and expectations. And I am grateful to all of you on the “Welcome Weekend crew” who are ensuring a great experience for them even as your own hearts are breaking. You can view photographs from the vigil here.

I am on my way back to campus now and am anxious to be with all of you during this bittersweet time. I think it is important that we continue to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year even as we grieve for the loss of Kaitlyn. Everything I have heard about Kaitlyn—her caring for others, her dreams to be an attorney, the way she embraced life—tells me that she would expect this from us.

I want to remind you that counseling services are available today through the Wellness Center in HC-108 for any students, faculty and staff who would like to take advantage of them.

We will have a memorial mass for Kaitlyn next week and will share the details as soon as they are in place. In the meantime, I ask that you continue to pray for Kaitlyn and her family and that you take care of one another.

Sincerely,

John J. Petillo, Ph.D.
President

You can read Kaitlyn's obituary here.