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Eckerd College Mourns Tragic Death of Student-Athlete William Holt Weeks

posted on 07/30/2009

Message from Chaplain Mona Bagasao
Sent Week of July 27, 2009
Contact: csl@eckerd.edu, 727-864-7522

Dear Friends:

A.E. Houseman's To An Athlete Dying Young might seem an appropriate elegy for our own situation this week. But often, readers find in it an easy solace. Perhaps that is possible in an imaginary town among imaginary people. In the real world, however, solace does not come easy for those left in the wake of tragedy.

Eckerd College men's tennis student-athlete William Holt Weeks, and his brother, Stone Taylor Weeks, were killed in an automobile accident Thursday night, July 23, while on their way to their parents' home in the Washington, DC area. Holt, 20, a rising junior who had recently withdrawn from Eckerd to join his brother at Rice University, and Stone, 24, were the only children of Linton and Jan Taylor Weeks.

Mr. Weeks is a national correspondent with NPR; Mrs. Weeks is an artist. The family was scheduled to attend over the weekend a book party for Douglas Brinkley, the historian for whom Stone worked as a researcher.

In a brief phone conversation, Mr. Weeks spoke several times of Holt's love for Eckerd, his professors, his many friends, and his teammates and coaches, all of whom he missed greatly. He wanted us all to know that Holt carried the Eckerd Spirit with him wherever he went. It is up to us now to carry that Spirit for Holt, described by a family friend as "beautiful, smart and deeply engaged in the world."

I encourage you to log onto the Facebook memorial site for Holt and Stone. I also invite anyone who would like to send a card or note to Holt's parents to mail it to me here at the school. I will hold these until Friday, then package them together and forward them from the Eckerd family to the Weeks family. Of course, I will continue to forward on other cards that arrive after Friday. Please be aware that while the family is profoundly grateful for your thoughts and remembrances, they may be unable to acknowledge each individually.

Please address your cards to:
Mr. and Mrs. Linton Weeks
c/o Chaplain, Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, August 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. An on-campus memorial will be announced after the start of the fall semester.

Please know that each of you, Holt's Eckerd friends and family, are in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings,

Mona Bagasao
Director of Religious Life/Chaplain

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