David E. Van Zandt, President

Remembering will gary

December 6, 2013

To the New School Community:

There has been a great deal of sadness on campus this week, especially in the lobby of 66 W. 12th Street, where security officer Will Gary is deeply missed. Hundreds of people have stopped to sign the memorial book for Will’s family. Many have left flowers or other tokens of their affection and sorrow. The New School Free Press published this article about Will, and New School Radio has highlighted this short interview with him from a couple years ago.

I met with members of Will’s family yesterday. They were extremely touched by the outpouring of emotion that has come from hundreds of students, faculty members, staff, and alumni. As I told Will’s family, that outpouring is a clear statement of the impact that Will had on all of us. We talk a lot about “community” at The New School. Hearing and reading the words being shared about Will Gary is a powerful reminder of what that really means. He was someone who, in his own low-key and kind-hearted way, supported, appreciated, and connected people across every part of the university. He was a natural ambassador for our school, and someone who clearly valued and lived what it means to be part of a community.

Many of you have inquired about services or ways to direct support to Will’s family to help with expenses. To facilitate individual contributions, we have set up an account with “Give Forward.” There will be a memorial service on campus early in the spring semester, and we will share more information as plans are confirmed.


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