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TCU Student Death

Dear Students and members of the Faculty and Staff,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to confirm the death of Jack Elliott, first year student from Newport Beach, CA.  Jack was boating with friends on Lake Travis during Fall Break when he fell from the boat and did not resurface.  Last night (October 29, 2019) his body was positively identified by the authorities in Travis County.

As a first year student, Jack was active in his pre-business curriculum, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and was a resident of Sherley Hall.  He has a large group of friends from his home community that are also first year students at TCU.  Those who knew Jack know that he was really happy at TCU.  He had a lot of friends and felt that TCU was the place he was meant to be.

As is tradition, we will meet to honor Jack at Frog Fountain Monday, November 4, 7-8:30pm.  Community members are invited to come and go or come and stay, light a candle and reflect quietly or share a memory of Jack.  The waters of Frog Fountain will be silenced as we grieve this loss in our community and honor Jack’s contribution as a fellow Horned Frog.  Chaplaincy and Counseling Center staff members will be available.  Please direct your questions to 

For those wanting individual counseling or guidance, the following offices will take walk-ins:

Counseling Center                                     817/257-7863  (8am – 5pm)

Campus Life Office                                    817/257-7926 (8am – 5pm)

Religious and Spiritual Life                    817/257-7830 (8am – 5pm)


After hours, please use the following resources to seek assistance:

24/7 Counseling helpline                       817/257-7233 (24/7)

TCU Police                                                    817/257-7777 (24/7)

Residence Hall staff members           see attendant at your hall’s front desk


As always, take care of yourself and your classmates, and please keep Jack’s family close in thought and prayer.




Kathy Cavins-Tull

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


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