1-13-2014: Condolences to the family of Dana Dourdeville

Members of the Brown Community,

Our community was profoundly saddened to learn yesterday of the death of Dana Dourdeville, a member of the Class of 2015. Dana was reported missing on December 31, 2013, after he had taken a kayak to go duck hunting in Fairhaven, Mass., and did not return. Our thoughts have been with Dana’s family during this extremely difficult time.  

Dana, of Marion, Mass., was an active and involved student at Brown. In his freshman year, he made the men's cross-country team, opting not to compete after one season so that he could devote more time to his academic interests in mechanical engineering. Dana was a leader in the engineering community. He served as a teaching assistant for an introductory engineering course, and as co-president of the Brown chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a national organization that provides engineering expertise for community-led projects that are environmentally sound and designed to improve community health and quality of life. Dana was also active in BEAST (the Brown Engineering After School Team), a student organization that offers science and engineering enrichment activities for Providence high school students.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Dana's family. The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life (401-863-2344) and Psychological Services (401-863-3476) are available to members of the Brown community affected by this tragic loss. In the coming weeks, the University will inform the community about ways that Dana’s life will be honored.


Christina Paxson


Christina H. Paxson
Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Brown University