As most of us are doubtless aware, Dr. Suzanne Austin, the new provost at the College of Charleston, lost her husband, Dr. Tom DiLorenzo, Friday morning in a robbery/murder. With the endorsement of the board of the Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association, the following message was sent as a handwritten note to Dr. Austin on behalf of the Association:

Dear Dr. Austin,

As the Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association prepared to welcome you to Charleston, tragedy intruded, and now words of sympathy supersede words of welcome. There is no rationale for the horror that came to you and the untimely death that came to your husband. It is especially challenging to have to deal with such a heinous act in a setting where all friends are new and little is familiar. The members of the Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association offer their sympathy and support. If we can do anything for you, please let us know. May strength and courage surround you at this most difficult time.


Charles H. Lippy

President, Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association

The family has asked that memorial gifts be directed to the "Cougar Pantry," a service that provides dry goods and hygiene products to CofC students in need.

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