October 13, 2008

The Amherst community is invited to gather in remembrance of Jordan Moore-Fields ’11 at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. A formal memorial service will be scheduled for later in the semester.

The following is a statement from Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx.

I write with terrible news, which some of you may have heard already. Jordan Moore-Fields ’11 of Oak Park, Illinois, died on Sunday, Oct. 12, in a car accident that took place on Interstate 91 just north of Springfield. He was returning to campus from Baltimore, where he and three other Amherst students had gone to visit a friend. The three other students sustained minor injuries and were taken to Baystate Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Jordan Moore-Fields ’11

Our hearts go out to Jordan’s family—his parents  Jacqueline Moore and Mark Fields, and his three younger siblings.

There is nothing more devastating to a small and close community such as ours than the death of one of its members, especially one so young and so full of promise. Staff from the Counseling Center, on the top floor of Johnson Chapel,  will be available on Monday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m.  to meet on a walk-in basis with anyone who needs immediate support. The Religious Advisors will be available in the first floor lounge in Chapin on Monday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. The Dean of Students Office will be open on Monday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. for anyone who would find it useful to come by to talk. Funeral arrangements are not yet settled, but will be posted here once they are.

This will be a difficult time for many of us, and I hope that you will all rely on the support of your own families, friends and other loved ones, as well as the resources of the College. We should all do our best to  care for one another in this difficult time. Please join me in wishing our profound condolences to Jordan’s family and friends.

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