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Statement to the Dartmouth community on the Petit family tragedy

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 07/24/07 • Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

As has been widely reported, a home invasion in Cheshire, Conn. on the morning of Monday, July 23, resulted in the murder and assault of a family with Dartmouth ties. Dartmouth President James Wright expressed his condolences, saying, "The Dartmouth College community is deeply saddened by the death of Hayley Petit, a member of the Class of 2011; and by the tragic loss of her sister, Michaela, and mother, Jennifer Hawke-Petit. Our thoughts go out to their father and husband, William A. Petit Jr., a member of the Dartmouth class of '78, in sadness for his loss and with hope for his full recovery."

Hayley Petit, 17, was an accomplished athlete who had been recruited for Dartmouth's crew team and planned to row for the College as a first year student in the fall of 2007. She served as co-editor of her high school's literary magazine and organized a fundraising effort to combat multiple sclerosis.

Dr. William Petit Jr. '78, is a prominent endocrinologist and diabetes specialist, the president of the Hartford County Medical Association, and the medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. As a Dartmouth student, he was a member of the Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity and the Nathan Smith Society, a premedical organization for undergraduates. As an alumnus, Petit has been a long-standing supporter of the College.

The Dartmouth College community joins William Petit in mourning for his loss.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to William Petit is welcome to send them to Dartmouth Alumni Relations Office at address:

William A. Petit Jr.
Dartmouth College
Care of Alumni Relations Office
6068 Blunt Alumni Center, Suite 103
Hanover, NH 03755-3590

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