I am sad to inform you of the recent deaths of two members of our University community: Zachariah Badaoui, a graduate student, and Jeff Navarro, who recently completed his degree. Our community is in mourning for both of them.
Jeff died Jan. 16 in an automobile accident. He graduated from Humboldt State just last fall with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resources Engineering, and he is remembered as a caring and kind person who touched many lives. A celebration of his life was held over the weekend, with family members, friends, faculty, staff, and many others present.
Zachariah died Jan. 25 after suffering a medical emergency while with a group of other students near campus.
Zachariah had come from Texas to study here, and he was in his first year in the graduate program in Biology. At this time, we have no information about plans for a memorial event.
The loss of these two individuals is difficult for our campus community and for all those who were close to Zachariah and Jeff. On behalf of the University, I extend our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with you and all whose lives were touched by these two young men.
Any students in need of additional support during this time are urged to consider contacting the Counseling Center on campus at 826-3236. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 443-7358.
Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.