W&M Doctoral Student Dies in Scuba Diving Accident

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Kathleen MeagherA William & Mary School of Education student died in a scuba diving accident in the Caribbean on Dec. 15.

Kathleen Meagher, 53, was a student in the Executive Ed.D. program, said Vice President of Student Affairs Ginger Ambler in an email to students Tuesday.

Meagher, who lived in Washington, D.C., was the director of secondary education for Arlington Public Schools and would have entered her last semester in the doctoral program in the spring.

She had recently been awarded a scholarship to present her research at the CREATE conference in Charleston, South Carolina – a high honor in the field, according to Ambler.

“She loved William & Mary and wore her Tribe gear proudly wherever she went,” Ambler wrote.

Her W&M adviser, Executive Associate Professor Peggie Constantino, said Meagher will be greatly missed.

Constantino remembers her as “a point of light as a student, as an educator, and as a human being. Kathleen was passionate and committed to making a difference for her students.”

A California native, Meagher’s memorial service will be held at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park, Calif., at 11 a.m. Dec. 28.

A memorial service is being planned for January in Arlington, according to a Washington Post article about her death.