PSU Remembers John Dagher at April 1 Memorial Service

April 2nd, 2009 by Adam
John Dagher
John Dagher

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-Hundreds of students, faculty and staff remembered PSU senior John Dagher in an hour-long memorial service at the campus Memorial Rock April 1. Dagher, a 22- year old chemistry major from Manchester, N.H., died in a single car accident last month, just weeks away from his graduation date.

Campus minister Preston Fuller led the group in prayer, remembering John’s trademark smile and the family and friends he leaves behind.

“At this time our spirits grieve, and our minds try to grasp why it is we suffered this loss, we weep for the loss of a brother, a son, a classmate, however, we do celebrate his life,” said Fuller.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen acknowledged the Dagher family, offering condolences on behalf of the entire University community.

“We cannot pretend to fully know their grief, only console them, their pain is unimaginable, we can only offer our sympathy and hope they know that others care,” Steen said. “We at Plymouth State have lost a student, some of us a roommate, a friend, someone of enormous potential, someone with a wonderful smile, someone with whom people laughed, and by whose side they worked and studied, someone they describe as a good and caring man.”

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George Dagher, with torch, watches PSU flag being lowered to half-staff in memory of his brother John

George Dagher, John’s younger brother and a PSU student, said he and his older brother will always have a special bond.

“He was an amazing person, he made you feel special, he had a special way of connecting with people” said Dagher. “I will always keep him in my heart…you will always live on within me, and my words will echo until I see you again.”

The ceremony included a performance of “Earth Song,” by the PSU Student Chamber Singers, directed by Dan Perkins, a lowering of the PSU flag to half-staff, followed by a tribute march with a torch and wreath, led by George Dagher and his family. The Rounds Hall bell was rung 21 times in John’s memory and to commemorate his place at PSU.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes