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On Halloween night,
three freshmen walking on Clin-
ton Street were struck by a car; Toby Freeman and Oban
Galbraith were seriously injured, and Michael Hedges
died. Other students at the scene were greatly upset
and distressed.
Students of all classes mourned the loss, the admin-
istration extended counseling services, deans consoled
parents, and a busload of Hedges’s high-school friends
came to join a candlelight vigil that overflowed the Zan-
kel Center’s Ladd Concert Hall. A classmate remembered
him as “the most selfless person,” adding, “If anybody
else was in a bad mood, he’d give them a smile or a
joke.” His first-year seminar professor said, “His pres-
ence in class was uplifting.”
At the vigil, President Philip Glotzbach said, “We
come together to share our sorrow but also to do what
genuine communities do: to care for and support one
another in our difficult hour.” The
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“At such a small school, we all feel a sense of solidarity.
. . . In times of unthinkable tragedy like this, it is that
sense of solidarity and community at Skidmore that can
be so valuable.”
Over spring break, another freshman, Will Golden,
died in an accidental fall while visiting friends in Dela-
ware. At his campus service, Skidmore’s spiritual-life
The strength of the Skidmore community was tested and confirmed by three tragedies.
director Parker Diggory pointed out the Skidmore colors
worn by many, especially Golden’s hockey teammates.
Golden was described as “a fun-loving friend,” “a sup-
portive teammate,” and “a personality as bright as his
surname.” His hockey coach called him “incredibly coach-
able, just a positive presence to have in the locker room.”
Nigel Smith ’19, president of the first-year class, added,
“Tonight I urge you to make your hugs a bit tighter, your
handshakes a bit firmer, and your smiles a bit brighter.”
Just a few days later, another sudden loss: the death
of President Emeritus David Porter. He was president
from 1987 to 1999 and remained a productive scholar
and a lively presence on campus, teaching classics
courses and expanding the minds of each new freshman
class with his signature lecture and music demonstration
“The Well-
Clavier.” Porter’s campus memo-
rial service brought together family members, Skidmore
faculty and staff past and present, Skidmore alumni,
Saratogians, and others. For weeks, warm wishes—and
gifts to the Porter Scholarship fund—flooded in from
alumni and others across the nation.
In citing Porter’s “deep and personal bond with
Skidmore’s students, faculty, and alumni,” President
Glotzbach was also underscoring a more universal truth
about Skidmore and its relationships.
helps students and others
cope with loss and grief in
the campus community.
— president and
professor, musician
and scholar, mentor
and punster—helped
shape the Skidmore ex-
perience for students,
faculty, and staff over
three decades.
Eric Jenks ’08
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