A full obituary will be posted later as we collect stories from family and friends. 

First-year Oxford student Yide “Dave” Zhang died unexpectedly on March 5, according to a March 6 email sent to Oxford College students by Oxford Dean Douglas Hicks. 

Zhang studied from his home in Suzhou, China during the fall semester but came to Oxford in the spring. Hicks wrote that the University will announce a memorial tribute in accordance with current gathering policies at a later time.

Students who would like support during this time can attend two “group sessions” at the Oxford Student Center today: the first at 1 p.m. and the second at 2 p.m. The Director of Counseling Services Gary Glass and Oxford College Chaplain Lyn Pace will lead the session.

“Together as the Oxford community, let us also support one another, especially those in our community who were close to Dave,” Hicks wrote. 

Counseling and support services are available to the Emory community, Hicks noted. Students may reach Counseling and Career Services, which can help students navigate tragedies, by calling (770) 784-8394. Students can also find support at the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life located in Room 224 of the Oxford Student Center or can contact the chaplain at (770) 784-8392.