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Hopkins community remembers Ahmed El-Morsy

By MIN-SEO KIM | May 26, 2021

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COURTESY OF LAURA WADSTEN

The Hopkins community mourns the death of Ahmed El-Morsy, who passed away on May 22, 2021. El-Morsy was a rising junior studying Molecular and Cellular Biology.

On May 25, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan and Dean of Student Life Smita Ruzicka emailed the student body regarding El-Morsy’s death. 

The administrators described El-Morsy as an active student.

“Ahmed was passionate about computational medicine and neurology, and he was a stout believer in racial and cultural harmony,” they wrote.

In addition to academics, El-Morsy was involved with the JHU Muslim Student Association, the Advocates for Baltimore Community Health, the Center for Social Concern, the Tutorial Project and the Hopkins Rugby Club.

Shannahan and Ruzicka announced that they will be collecting condolences on behalf of the family. Students can address their letters to “The Family of Ahmed El-Morsy” and email them to the Office of the Dean of Student Life. 

Mohamed Saoudi set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses, sharing a message that detailed El-Morsy’s character. 

“Ahmed was a kind soul who cared so much for his family and friends. He was the eldest child and carried so much responsibility, taking care of his father, mother and two younger brothers,” Saoudi wrote.

As of May 26, the page has raised over $17,800, exceeding its $10,000 goal. Many of the donors left messages expressing their condolences for the family and recalling their fond memories with El-Morsy.

On the message board, sophomore Charles Agyemang described El-Morsy as someone who would go out of his way to help teach others.

“He was an amazing teacher and he loved to break down material to a level that made sense for everyone. He was incredibly selfless, organizing review sessions for students in Orgo 1, and weekly study sessions in the 6-person discord I was with him in,” Agyemang wrote. “He was very intelligent and attuned.”

The sophomore class council also expressed condolences for the friends and family of El-Morsy in an email to the sophomore class. 

“We are one Hopkins family, and we’ll support each other through this difficult time,” they wrote.

The Counseling Center may be contacted by calling (410) 516-8278 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A counselor on call is available 24/7 and may be reached at the same number.

Student Outreach & Support is available for appointments and may be contacted at (410) 516-7857.

Religious and Spiritual Life may be reached at (410) 516-1880 or by email at chaplain@jhu.edu.

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