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Sad News – Loss of a Student

To the Members of the Monmouth University Community:

It is with deep regret that I share with you the death of one of our students, Rory Hamill, on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Rory was a third year student at Monmouth majoring in Social Work.  In addition, he was one of our student veterans, having served honorably as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He served one tour of duty in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, where he was injured and subsequently awarded a Purple Heart. 

The loss of a student is always so painful for a community like ours, and it is even more difficult today as we must continue to limit our gathering to commemorate his life and service to our country.

For those directly affected by Rory’s passing, counseling and other support services are available through the Monmouth University Counseling Center at 732-571-7517 or at Or, feel free to reach out to the Office of the Vice President for Student Life at

Please find a way today to remember Rory and his brave service to our country. And, keep his family, including his three children, in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Thank you.

Dr. Patrick Leahy