Student Life Office

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

It is with heavy hearts that we write to inform you of the passing of Lucas Heckers, a first-year neuroscience major. The college learned of this tragic loss this morning and is providing support to Lucas’s immediate friend group, and will be providing support to other community members impacted by this tragedy. We have contacted Lucas’s family and have expressed condolences to them for their loss.  

For all of us on campus, we urge you to recognize that grief manifests in different ways. Let us give each other grace during this difficult time. Anyone in need of support should reach out to those around them and to college resources for assistance. The Reed Counseling Center is open to students, and the Employee Assistance Program provides counseling for staff and faculty. 

As the Reed community grieves, we want to make sure you are aware of the various resources available to help students, staff, and faculty.

Reed students can call the Reed Counseling Line at 866-432-1224. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

  • Reed students can also access services through HCC's partnership with Uwill, for mental health and wellness solutions.
  • Reed students can schedule a counseling session with a clinician through the HCC by contacting the HCC at 503-777-7281. HCC counselors are also available for same-day urgent or emergent mental health needs. 
  • The Portland-based Dougy Center provides help for individuals aged 18 to 25 who are grieving a death. The center is located at 3909 SE 52nd Ave; the center’s telephone number is 503-775-5683.
  • Faculty and staff may access grief counseling services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the college’s employee assistance plan (EAP). Call EAP at 800-433-2320. You may speak with the trained counselor who answers your call or set up an appointment to meet with a counselor in person.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Lucas’s family, friends, and all community members.

Audrey Bilger

Karnell McConnell-Black
Vice President for Student Life