In memoriam

This In memoriam page houses messages from the President 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 the time to grieve such losses is important, and so is seeking support when you need it, while honoring the memory of those who have died. We encourage you to make time for all of that in whatever ways are most meaningful and comfortable to you.

March 25, 2023

Vasudha Thakur

To the Dartmouth community,

I am profoundly saddened to share that Vasudha Thakur, a talented member of the Class of 2023, died early this morning. Our sincerest condolences go out to Vasudha's family and friends at this extraordinarily difficult time.

In a note to students earlier today, Dean Brown shared that Vasudha was a double major in economics and geography with a particular passion for geography. And while I did not have the pleasure of knowing her personally, I'm told that she was a cherished friend to many, particularly in the international community on campus. A native of New Delhi, India, Vasudha was an active member of the International Students Association. 

Coping with the loss of friends with such promising futures ahead of them who have brought so much to Dartmouth is among the greatest challenges we face in our community. Please take time to grieve this tragic loss and seek support from others when you need it. There are ample resources available to you, from the Dartmouth Counseling Center (for students) to the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (for faculty and staff), to the College Chaplain at the Tucker Center (for all).

We will lower the flag in Vasudha's honor in the coming days. Information about plans for a campus gathering at which all of us can come together to mourn our recent losses will be forthcoming.


Philip J. Hanlon '77