February 22, 2014
To Members of the Trinity Community:
It is with extreme sadness and regret that I learned earlier today of the death of John Durkin, a Bates College student, Class of 2015, who was studying at the Trinity in Rome Program.
John’s family issued the following statement a short while ago: “It is with much sadness that the Durkin Family informs you of the loss of John Nolen Durkin and thanks everyone for their support during the past few days.”
I wish to express my deepest sympathies, and those of the entire Trinity College community, to the family and friends of John. By all accounts, he was an exemplary young man and a student-athlete in the truest sense of the word. I also want to extend my sincere condolences to Bates College, my gratitude to Trinity administrators at our Rome campus, as well as to the Trinity staff in Hartford for their dedication and hard work during this tragic and difficult time.
John, an economics major and a member of the Bates football team, was one of six Bates students studying at the Trinity program, which has a total enrollment of 55 students from several U.S. colleges. John was a resident of Rye, N.H. The circumstances of his death have not been released. John was last seen by friends in the early morning hours of Feb. 20 in the Campo de Fiori section of Rome.
As best that we can tell, this appears to have been an isolated incident. Trinity is doing everything possible to help the students in Rome during this time of duress, including making counseling available to any student who desires it. Counseling also will be available to students on the Trinity campus who may have known John or who feel a need to talk about this incident.
Again, I want to relay my condolences to all those who knew John and to the entire Bates College community.
Very truly yours,
James F. Jones, Jr.
President and Trinity College Professor
in the Humanities
Office of the President