Grad student dies in car accident

President Ruth Simmons informed the Brown community of the death of Tam Tran GS in an e-mail this morning.

“Tam and her friend Cinthya Felix, a graduate student at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, lost their lives as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident early yesterday morning in Trenton, Maine,” Simmons wrote. “Another Brown graduate student traveling with them survived the accident and has been released from the hospital.”

Tran was a second-year doctoral student in American Civilization and a resident of Garden Grove, Calif.

Shortly after coming to Brown, Tran helped found the Brown Immigrants’ Rights Coalition to speak out about immigrants’ rights issues and the challenges faced by undocumented students like herself.

Read the full text of Simmons’ e-mail below.

Members of the Brown Community,

It is with sadness that I write to share news of the death of Tam Ngoc Tran, a second year doctoral student in American Civilization. Tam and her friend Cinthya Felix, a graduate student at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, lost their lives as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident early yesterday morning in Trenton, Maine.  Another Brown graduate student traveling with them survived the accident and has been released from the hospital.

A resident of Garden Grove, California, Tam came to Brown from UCLA, where, in addition to being a remarkable student, she was a political activist and a filmmaker. During her time on campus, she distinguished herself for her passion to tell the story of immigrant young people.   She made a great difference to all those who knew her.  We extend our sympathy to her family, fellow students, faculty and other colleagues in American civilization and we mourn with them.  We also offer condolences to the family and friends of Cinthya Felix.

Information about a memorial service to celebrate and honor Tam’s life will be shared with the community in the coming week.  In the meantime, the University’s offices of Chaplains and Religious Life and Psychological Services are available to offer support to members of the Brown community.

Sincerely

Ruth J. Simmons

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