To the Dartmouth community,
On Saturday, we learned of the tragic loss of Mikhail Lomakin, a first-year graduate student in physics, known to his friends and professors as Mike.
A U.S. citizen, born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mike was from Groton, Mass., and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he was a Dean's List student. At Commencement exercises last May, he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal for Academic Achievement in atmospheric science.
Mike had a passion for physics, developed during a summer camping trip, when his grandfather prompted him to read about black hole thermodynamics. In his Dartmouth application essay, he explained his amazement that the same concepts of thermodynamics which he had previously applied to understanding air parcel motions within the earth's atmosphere, could be applied to understanding objects as remote as black holes. In his studies, friends say Mike wanted to find interesting problems and solve them.
A candlelight vigil will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. in front of Wilder Lab, home to the Physics and Astronomy Department, to remember this beloved member of the Dartmouth family.
On behalf of the entire Dartmouth community, we want to express our heartfelt condolences to Mike's family and the many friends who knew and loved him here at Dartmouth.
There are no words to describe this kind of tragedy. We ask you to please join us in keeping Mike's parents, family, and friends foremost in your thoughts in the days ahead.
Dartmouth staff have reached out to students known to be close friends of Mike to offer support, and we will continue to do so. We urge students who would like to speak to a counselor or a chaplain, on their own or out of concern for someone, to contact the Counseling and Human Development department at Dick's House, at (603) 646-9442. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours and on weekends, call Safety and Security at (603) 646-4000 to be connected with a counselor.
Carol L. Folt
F. Jon Kull '88
Dean of Graduate Studies
Last Updated: 10/8/12