Humboldt State University

November 12, 2015

Loss of Student Henry Nittler

Dear University Community,

I’m deeply saddened to share with you news of the tragic loss of Henry S. Nittler, who was an HSU Freshman. Henry died on Tuesday, Nov. 10 due to traumatic injuries.

On behalf of the University, I extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Henry was just 19 years old. He had come to Humboldt State this year from Eugene, Oregon, and was living on campus in Cypress Hall. Those who had come to know him describe him as a good friend who was able to get along with everyone. He was quiet, respectful, and a good student. He also seemed to really like Humboldt and believe that he had chosen just the right place to go to school. He enjoyed hiking and being outdoors.

I know that Henry’s loss is a difficult one for many in our community. He had been building friendships and connections on campus, particularly in the residence halls, and my heart goes out to all those who knew him and loved him.

In the coming days, we will be talking with family and friends about the possibility of campus memorial service.

I also want to acknowledge the many HSU staff and faculty from across campus who have assisted in the last few days. In particular, those in the Dean of Students Office, Housing & Residence Life, Counseling & Psychological Services, and University Police have ensured that caring support was available for Henry’s family and friends. Their compassion and professionalism has been remarkable.

Students who are in need of additional support during this time are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office (Siemens Hall 211) at 707.826.3504, or Counseling and Psychological Services (in the Student Health Center) at 707.826.3236. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 707.443.7358.

Sincerely yours,

Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.
President

Humboldt State University