Professor Don Will remembered by alumni, students at candlelight vigil


With candlelight, flowers and tender words, students, colleagues, alumni and faculty gathered at the entrance of Roosevelt Hall on Thursday evening to hold a candlelight vigil just steps from the office of the late
Professor Don Will
, Ph.D., who passed away Feb. 10.

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A celebration of Professor Don Will’s life is schedule for Friday, March 21, in the Fish Interfaith Center.


“It seems fitting that we gather in community because Professor Will understood community. He understood the power of community, the power of communities to come together to overcome injustice, the power of communities to come together for education and motivation,” said the Rev. Gail Stearns, Ph.D., dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel. “And he would understand the power of communities to share sorrow as well.”

The vigil was organized and led by the Black Student Union, for which Will served as advisor, and featured several student and alumni speakers.

A memorial service celebrating Will’s life will be held on Friday, March 21, at 3 p.m. in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel in the Fish Interfaith Center.

Dawn Bonker

1 comment

  • Dr. Will was an amazing professor. Pushing when needed and supportive. He is a huge loss to the Chapman community and those he leaves behind. I’m grateful for his guidance and leadership while I was at Chapman. One man can truly make a difference.