In memoriam

This In memoriam page houses messages from senior leadership regarding loss of life in the Dartmouth community--student, faculty or staff--when it occurs. It is heartbreaking to lose any member of the Dartmouth family, as each individual contributes so much to the College and to those who have had the pleasure of studying, working, and learning alongside them.

Taking time to grieve such losses while honoring the memory of those who died is important. So is seeking support when you need it. We encourage you to make time for all of that in whatever ways are most meaningful and comfortable to you.

Won Jang '26

July 7, 2024

To the Dartmouth community,

I write to share the sad and difficult news that Won Jang '26 has died. Won had been reported missing late this afternoon following a social gathering last night near the Connecticut River. His body was found this evening in the river after a search involving state and local emergency responders. There is no indication that Won's death involved foul play.

We are in contact with Won's family and have expressed our sincere condolences at this most difficult time. 

A biomedical engineering major from Middletown, Delaware, Won wholeheartedly embraced opportunities at Dartmouth to pursue his academic and personal passions. He served as a project manager at the DALI Lab, was a research assistant at Thayer, and participated in the TuckLAB entrepreneurship program. He supported his peers and found fast friendships as an international student mentor for the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and as a fraternity brother at Beta Alpha Omega.

He enthusiastically took part in the Dartmouth community, including starting his own band.

We understand that this is very difficult news for our community and encourage you to seek support, whether you need a listening ear or guidance in navigating this challenging time. We have been in touch with Won's fraternity brothers and other friends.

Counselors will be available tomorrow in Collis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please reach out to one another and take care of yourself.


Scott C. Brown
Dean of the College

Steven Kahl'91

July 8, 2024

To the Tuck Community:

I am deeply saddened to share with you the news of the passing of Steven "Steve" Kahl D'91—a renowned and respected scholar, teacher, husband, and father—who died of Multiple System Atrophy at home in Norwich, Vermont, on Thursday, July 4, 2024.  Steve was 55 years old.

Steve had an immense impact on Tuck from the time he joined the faculty in 2012 after teaching at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Joining Tuck was a homecoming of sorts for Steve, who graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth with a degree in Philosophy.  He earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a PhD at MIT with a specialization in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

As a professor in Tuck's Strategy & Management group, Steve was instrumental in the Tuck curriculum, teaching the Leading Organizations core course for many years and introducing the Leading Entrepreneurial Organizations elective.  He also taught the Building Entrepreneurial Ventures class, which later became the Tuck-Magnuson Startup Incubator.  Entrepreneurship was a key interest of Steve's, and he served as the inaugural Faculty Director of Tuck's Center for Entrepreneurship.  He was deeply involved with several related activities on campus, including co-developing TuckLAB.  Experiential learning was another passion of Steve's and he served as the Faculty Director of TuckGO during the 2020-2021 academic year.  In addition, he served as the faculty advisor on leadership, helping create the Personal Leadership Coaching Program and helping with Tuck Launch.  On the research front, Steve published widely in journals such as Management Science and The Strategic Management Journal on a range of topics related to innovation and the emergence of new markets and technologies.

In 2022, the Tuck Center for Entrepreneurship received a generous endowed gift to establish the Steve Kahl D'91 Entrepreneurship Award: $10,000 awarded annually to an individual or team that is starting or building a new venture at Tuck while embracing the spirit of the Tuck Center for Entrepreneurship.

Steve is survived by his wife and our Tuck colleague, Suzie Rubin; their two children, Henry and Hattie; and Steve's parents, siblings and extended family.  Our heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to all the family during this time.

Thank you.

Matt Slaughter
Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School