Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, July 26, 2013

Statement from President Coleman addresses death of medical student

President Mary Sue Coleman has issued a statement regarding the death this week of Paul DeWolf, a student at the Medical School.

  Paul DeWolf
(Photo by D.C. Goings)

DeWolf, 25, was found dead Wednesday morning in his apartment at the Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity in the 200 block of North Ingalls Street. The Ann Arbor Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide.

"We extend our deepest condolences to Paul’s family, friends and colleagues," Coleman said. "He was working and training among a close, nurturing community of healers and I know they will help each other through this difficult time. They will need the support of the broader campus community in the weeks and months ahead, and we will provide it."


More information

President Coleman's complete statement

Statement from the Medical School

Crime Alert issued by the U-M Police Department

News release from the Ann Arbor Police Department

Coleman said the university is taking "all necessary steps to assure the safety of the campus community," and that there is an increased police presence in the North Ingalls and the Central Campus areas.

"We will share further details as they become available. Please keep Paul, his family and friends in your thoughts," Coleman said.

Grief counseling services are available through Counseling and Psychological Services (734-764-8312) for students, the Employee Assistance Program (734-763-5409) for employees, and the Office of Medical Student Education’s Class Counselors (734-764-0219) or for medical students.

DeWolf, who also was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, was in the fourth-year class at the Medical School and received his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University.

The Medical School also issued a statement about DeWolf's death.

"We mourn the passing of a promising and aspiring surgeon, who connected quickly with patients, had a thirst for knowledge and a dedication to teamwork, and showed his leadership skills in his academic, military training and athletic pursuits," the statement said. "To lose a student of such potential, and under these circumstances, has dealt a blow to our students, and the faculty and staff who worked with Paul."

Memorial service plans will be private at the request of the family.