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Hopkins community remembers Timothy Yeh

By RUDY MALCOM | October 24, 2019

The University is mourning the death of Timothy Yeh, who passed away on Oct. 13. He was a freshman from Diamond Bar, Calif. studying electrical engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan and Dean of Student Life Smita Ruzicka sent a schoolwide email on Thursday, Oct. 18, informing the Hopkins community of Yeh’s death.

“We all convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends for this terrible loss,” Shanahan and Ruzicka wrote. 

The email added that Yeh was admired by his classmates at Diamond Bar High School, from which he graduated with highest honors.

“His teachers described him as genuine and approachable, working hard to be the best student and citizen he could be,” Shanahan and Ruzicka wrote.

An Eagle Scout and National Merit Scholarship winner, Yeh was president of both the math and physics teams. He also took part in Future Business Leaders of America competitions; during his junior year, he won third in business calculations at the State Leadership Conference.

Shanahan and Ruzicka announced that they would be collecting letters on behalf of Yeh’s family.

Students can address their condolences to “The Family of Timothy Yeh” and send them to the Office of the Dean of Student Life in Mattin Center Suite 210 or email them to deanofstudents@jhu.edu

Shanahan and Ruzicka specified that there are no community health or safety concerns related to Yeh’s passing, and encouraged students to reach out to a variety of resources, including the Counseling Center and Religious and Spiritual Life. 

They also mentioned that students could visit A Place to Talk, which is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Wolman Hall and Brody Learning Commons Room 4010.

Shanahan and Ruzicka asked for students to help and support their fellow classmates. They recommended that students encourage others who might benefit from mental health resources on campus to use them.

The Counseling Center may be contacted by calling 410-516-8278, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m on Friday. Outside of normal hours, the counselor on call may be reached by calling the office and following the appropriate prompts. 

Religious and Spiritual Life, open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, may be reached at 410-516-1880.


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