Dear SMC Parents,
We were saddened by the news of the tragic death of John Dennis, a beloved and well-regarded faculty member at Saint Mary's College. Dr. Dennis was the former director of the High Potential Program and taught in the Collegiate Seminar and History Department. Word may have come to you from your students and we wanted you to know that there will be opportunities for your sons and daughters to reflect on his passing. A prayer service was held today, Monday, at 11:30 a.m. in the Saint Mary's Chapel where participants heard of plans for a Memorial Mass tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 20 during Community Time. Members of the Counseling Center staff will be on campus today and in classes to offer their support. In addition, for those students who are particularly affected by his death, the Counseling Center (925-631-4364) will be available not only for appointments but also for walk-in hours throughout this time of mourning.
I have included a link to a letter from Brother Ronald Gallagher for your information. Please do not hesitate to contact the New Student and Family Programs Office or the Student Life Office (925-631-4235) if you have any questions.
Vice Provost for Student Life
Saint Mary's College of California