The Passing of Seong Hoon Baek


To all Faculty, Staff and Students,

The entire campus community is mourning the tragic loss of Seong Hoon Baek who was killed last night as a result of an automobile accident not far from the Stony Brook University campus. Known to his friends as David, he started with us as at Stony Brook in 2008. David was a senior, double-majoring in Economics and Biochemistry, and was well known and highly regarded by faculty, classmates, and friends in O'Neill College where he lived on campus. We know from talking with friends that David was a beloved member of the Korean Christian Fellowship on campus and was a bright and promising student. The loss to his family and friends and all of us in the University community is profound.

Losing a student to such an untimely and unexpected circumstance is very difficult for our campus community to comprehend. For me personally, it is deeply troubling to lose a student, especially in such a senseless manner. I have made it my mission to do everything I can with all available resources on and off campus to try to prevent this type of loss in the future.

The Office of the Dean of Students is advising students, faculty and staff of resources, listed below, that are available to support the campus community at this difficult time. And the entire campus community is welcome to attend a service in David's honor, hosted by his friends and fellow students on Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Additional details regarding funeral services have not been determined as we await the family's wishes and intentions. Once that information becomes available it will be posted on the Dean of Students website. Anyone with additional questions, concerns or needing assistance should feel free to contact the office of the Dean of Students at 631-632-7320.

Please be safe and take extra precautions when driving, biking and walking. Every moment of every life is precious.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
(631) 632-6720
Student Health Center, 2nd Floor

Center for Prevention & Outreach (CPO)
(631) 632-2748
Stony Brook Union, Room 216

Office of the Dean of Students
(631) 632-7320
Student Activities Center, Room 222

Faculty & Staff
Employee Assistance Program
(631) 632-6085
Room 192 Administration Building, 1st Floor