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May 22, 2024 | Latest Issue
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David Gallagher ’20 dies while visiting Hanover

Gallagher was in town to attend the delayed Class of 2020 commencement ceremony.


Updated Aug. 8, 2022 at 5:10 p.m. 

David Gallagher ’20 died on Sunday, according to an announcement from the College. 

Gallagher, who is from Downingtown, Pa., attended the Class of 2020 commencement ceremony in Hanover the day before, as the ceremony was delayed due to the pandemic.

“The Dartmouth community is deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy,” College spokesperson Diana Lawrence wrote in a statement to The Dartmouth. “President Hanlon has been in touch with the parents of David Gallagher to share his condolences on their profound loss.”

Lawrence referred further comment to Hanover Police. According to a joint press release from Hanover Police and the Hanover Fire Department, a member of the Class of 2020 died on Sunday morning after being injured under the Ledyard Bridge. He was 24 years old.

Emergency officials declined to identify the individual for reasons related to HIPAA, according to Hanover Fire Department deputy chief Michael Gilbert. 

According to the release, the Hanover Fire Department, Hanover Police and Dartmouth Safety and Security responded to the incident. The release stated that Safety and Security used a pontoon boat to transport the patient to an area by the river, where an ambulance awaited.  

The release added that the ambulance then transported the patient to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for “treatment of severe injuries,” where the patient succumbed to his injuries. Hanover Police continues to investigate the cause of the individual’s death.

The individual’s family has been notified of the incident, according to the release.

According to Gallagher’s LinkedIn, he was a member of the varsity men’s lacrosse team and Theta Delta Chi fraternity. As of July 2020, he worked as an investment analyst in California. 

The College flag on the Green will be lowered in honor of Gallagher today and tomorrow.

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