Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler sent the following message to the campus community March 24, 2015 - Ed.
Dear William & Mary Community,
I write today with very sad news about a member of our community. The university has learned that Kathleen Meagher, a student in the Executive Ed.D. program at the School of Education, died on Tuesday, December 15 in a scuba diving accident in the Caribbean.
Originally from California, Kathleen lived in Washington, DC and worked as the director of secondary education at Arlington Public Schools. She was entering her last semester of coursework in her doctoral program, where she had distinguished herself as a student and a scholar. Kathleen recently had been awarded a scholarship to present her research at the CREATE conference in Charleston, South Carolina—a high honor in her field. She loved William & Mary and wore her Tribe gear proudly wherever she went. Kathleen’s advisor, Executive Associate Professor Peggie Constantino, remembers her as “a point of light as a student, as an educator, and as a human being. Kathleen was passionate and committed to making a difference for her students.” She will be greatly missed.
An announcement about Kathleen’s death appeared in the Washington Post over the weekend and is available online here. The article states that a memorial service will be held at Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park, Calif., on Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. Details are also pending for a memorial service to be held in Arlington in late January.
This is a heartbreaking tragedy for all who knew Kathleen. I know you join me in extending our deepest sympathy to her family and friends at this most difficult time.