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Hopkins community mourns William Hartmann

By KATY WILNER | June 12, 2018



William Hartmann was a rising sophomore in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

The Hopkins community is mourning the death of William Hartmann, a rising sophomore in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, who passed away on May 25. Hartmann, who was from Bethesda, Md., studied physics and aimed to eventually earn a PhD.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger and Interim Dean of Student Life Toni Blackwell shared the news of Hartmann’s death in a schoolwide email on June 11. 

The email disclosed that Hartmann’s death was a result of a drug-related incident, and that Hartmann’s family had asked the University to share these details. 

“They asked us to provide this information in the hopes of preventing other families from experiencing the loss of a loved one through similar circumstances,” Shollenberger and Blackwell wrote.

Hartmann was an outdoorsman and enjoyed rock climbing, camping, sailing, hiking and canoeing. He frequented the Recreation Center climbing wall and was a member of the Board Game club. Prior to attending Hopkins, Hartmann had earned a Black Belt in martial arts and was an Eagle Scout and a National Merit semi-finalist. 

Shollenberger and Blackwell urged the Hopkins community to support each other and to seek the resources that they may need.

“On behalf of the entire Johns Hopkins community, we offer our deepest sympathies to Will [Hartmann]’s family and friends,” they wrote. “Please look for opportunities to be helpful to and supportive of each other.”

The Office of the Dean of Student Life will collect letters and emails of condolence addressed to “The Family of William Hartmann” and sent to Suite 210 in the Mattin Center. Details of a memorial service have not yet been released.

The Counseling Center may be contacted by calling 410-516-8278. Counselors at the Center can conduct an initial substance abuse assessment that can result in individual or group counseling with the Center’s substance abuse specialist or a referral to a more suitable resource in the community.  In case of an emergency outside of normal hours, the counselor on call may be reached through Security at 410-516-7777.  

Campus Ministries may be reached at 410-516-1880. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) offers 24-hour free, confidential treatment, along with referral and information services (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. 

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