Apparent suicide shuts down M Street early Wednesday morning

Some tragic news: At 4:45 a.m., police discovered a man who had died of a gun shot wound in a car on M Street. Metropolitan Police Department Officer Mark Beach told the Washington Post, which first reported the story, that it was “an apparent suicide.” After being found with a gun in his lap parked […]

Georgetown Alumna Kathleen Noel Benz passes away in Alaska

Early last night, Provost James O’Donnell notified the campus community that Kathleen Noel Benz (COL ’07) died Saturday in a traffic collision while visiting rural Alaska for a friend’s wedding. “As an undergraduate, Kathleen was very active in Campus Ministry and served as a retreat leader, liturgical minister and Vice-Regent of the Catholic Daughters,” O’Donnell […]

French Professor Dorothy Betz passes away

Professor Dorothy Betz, who taught at Georgetown University since 1972, has passed away. Prof. Betz was an expert on nineteenth century French Romantic poetry who was widely published and active on the Faculty Senate. Her husband, Paul Betz, also taught at Georgetown in the English Department until retiring last year. “Dr. Betz was also known […]

Georgetown professor Richard Stites passes away on Sunday in Helsinki

On Sunday, March 7, history professor Richard Stites passed away in Helsinki, Finland where he was on research leave, following a brief illness. “A giant in his scholarly field, Richard Stites was also an unusually devoted and successful teacher and mentor at all levels of undergraduate and graduate education, and a source of inspiration to […]

One former member of Georgetown’s ASK program kills another

In late February, a violent and seemingly unprovoked act of violence in Southeast D.C. left a 14-year-old boy dead. An eighteen-year-old boy, who shot him in the back and fled the scene before the 14-year-old bled to death, was known to have a history of gun possession in the weeks leading up to the boys’ […]

Sophomore Jenny Faenza passes away, prayer service at 6

Sad news coming off break. According to an e-mail from Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson, College sophomore Jenny Faenza (above) died Saturday from chronic pulmonary hypertension. There will be a prayer service for her at 6 in St. Williams Chapel. Olson’s e-mail is after the jump. Update: There’s a Facebook group about her […]

A bit of the macabre

Over at Purdue, a missing student was found dead—after two months—in an electrical transformer room. “[W]ade Steffey apparently touched a “ceramic element” that connects an electrical wire to a transformer inside the room. The contact sent enough voltage through him to kill him. “Norberg said officials apparently did check the room when searching for Steffey, […]