Campus mourns passing of Dana Dourdeville ’15

Dana Dourdeville '15

The Herald has reported that, after an extensive two-week search, the body of missing Brown student Dana Dourdeville ’15 was found Sunday afternoon at Penzance Point in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Dana, an engineering concentrator from nearby Marion, had not been seen since New Year’s Eve, when he left to go duck hunting. “An unbelievable role model” to those who knew him, he will be sorely missed.

BlogDailyHerald is taking submissions from loved ones, friends, and family for a memorial to Dana Dourdeville. Please send photos, messages, or artwork to blog(at)browndailyherald(dot)com. We will publish the submissions on our site.

We here at BlogDH send all of our love and best wishes to the Dourdeville family and all of Dana’s friends.

UPDATE: Check after the jump for President Paxson’s campus-wide email addressing yesterday’s tragic news.

Members of the Brown Community,

Our community was profoundly saddened to learn yesterday of the death of Dana Dourdeville, a member of the Class of 2015. Dana was reported missing on December 31, 2013, after he had taken a kayak to go duck hunting in Fairhaven, Mass., and did not return. Our thoughts have been with Dana’s family during this extremely difficult time.

Dana, of Marion, Mass., was an active and involved student at Brown. In his freshman year, he made the men’s cross-country team, opting not to compete after one season so that he could devote more time to his academic interests in mechanical engineering. Dana was a leader in the engineering community. He served as a teaching assistant for an introductory engineering course, and as co-president of the Brown chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a national organization that provides engineering expertise for community-led projects that are environmentally sound and designed to improve community health and quality of life. Dana was also active in BEAST (the Brown Engineering After School Team), a student organization that offers science and engineering enrichment activities for Providence high school students.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Dana’s family. The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life (401-863-2344) and Psychological Services (401-863-3476) are available to members of the Brown community affected by this tragic loss. In the coming weeks, the University will inform the community about ways that Dana’s life will be honored.


Christina Paxson

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