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Honoring the Life of Dr. Samuel Jay, Assistant Director of Retention

By Shawn Proctor

The late Dr. Samuel Jay, along with and Olivia D'Aiutolo Mendenall, sort textbooks for their respective students.

We join the Villanova community in mourning the sudden passing of Dr. Samuel Jay, Assistant Director of Retention at the Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA) on Aug. 29. Dr. Jay (or “Dr. J” as he was known around campus) received his doctorate in July from Delaware State, and a few weeks earlier, he helped build out CASA’s lending library through a 600-pound book donation made by outgoing Villanova students.

The term “good people” is reserved for “a honest, helpful, or morally good person,” according to Merriam-Webster. He was not just good people, Dr. J was wonderful people.

Rest in peace. You shall be dearly missed by the students and colleagues whose lives you impacted.


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  1. Comment by Shonda Poe — August 30, 2023 @ 9:32 PM

    Dr. Proctor, my DSU cohort are absolutely stunned and saddened about Dr. Samuel Jay, our cohort brother. Do you know how this happened? Dr. Jay and I defended couple of weeks apart. We appreciate any information and how we can help. God be with the VU family. The DSU family is with you all.

  2. Comment by Shawn Proctor — September 5, 2023 @ 12:32 PM

    Unfortunately, I do not have any more information. I do know it was sudden and came as a shock to the campus community.

  3. Comment by Kathy B — September 1, 2023 @ 10:14 AM

    Samuel was such a warm and good person. Too sad a loss, we will miss him tremendously. May God grant him rest, and may his parents and loved ones continue to feel his love and presence to help them through these hard days.

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