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Passing of a student

November 30, 2017

Dear Members of the Brown community,

With deep regret, we write to share the sad news of the death of Travis Johnson, a student in the Brown/Trinity Master’s of Fine Arts in Acting program.

Originally from Amarillo, Texas and with an undergraduate degree from West Texas A&M, Travis began his studies at Brown in 2016 and was a valued member of the class of 2019. He was a fiercely talented actor and a generous collaborator, who was deeply loved and trusted by his classmates. Travis was profoundly curious and brought his prodigious intellect to bear on every project he worked on. His recent portrayals of Twelfth Night's Malvolio and Love's Labors Lost's Longaville in Brown/Trinity's Fall Shakespeare productions captured his innate whimsy and spark of mischief. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues and by the entire Brown community.

Please join us in extending our deepest sympathies to Travis' family, his friends, instructors and all who knew him on the Brown campus and Trinity theatre. Plans for a memorial at Brown will be announced later in the term.

If you need support during this difficult time, we remind students that the staff at Counseling and Psychological Services and the deans in the Graduate School and in Student Support Services are available to support you either in person or by phone during this time, and that the University Chaplains are available to students as well as to all members of the Brown community. 


Andrew G. Campbell
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Medical Science

Eric S. Estes
Vice President for Campus Life & Student Services