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Updated: Statement from Dartmouth President James Wright regarding the death of Tuck summer program student

Posted 08/14/05

To Members of the Dartmouth Community:

I want to inform you that on Saturday, August 13, divers recovered the body of Valentin Valkov, the student who had been missing, from the Connecticut River. Mr. Valkov drowned while he was swimming with friends early on Friday morning. On behalf of the Dartmouth community we have shared our deepest condolences with his family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and his friends. Valentin made many friends in Hanover in the short time that he was on our campus as part of the Summer Bridge Program at the Tuck School. Valentin was an undergraduate student at Trinity College in Connecticut. We are greatly saddened by the death of a young man who had already accomplished so much and whose life was filled with promise.

I would like to thank the many people from all of the agencies who participated in the recovery operation -- the Hanover Police and Fire Departments, the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game and Marine Patrol, the Norwich Police Department, and the Hartford, Vermont, Police and Fire Departments as well as our own Safety and Security officers. Their responsiveness was most impressive. In difficult situations such as these we are emphatically reminded of the dedication and the professionalism of these men and women.

Many Dartmouth colleagues have responded to this situation with the unselfish commitment that typifies their work and that sustains this community. I especially want to acknowledge Associate Dean Bob Hansen and his staff at the Tuck School. They have worked tirelessly over the last few days to support Valentin's family and the other students in the program. I am very grateful for all their efforts.

James Wright


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