Nathan L. DeMond was a beloved member of the community from his time as a student in 2009 to groundskeeper for the following 14 years. On April 19, 2014, a downed power line near the athletic complex on campus electrocuted him, ending his life. To commemorate DeMond’s life and impact on the campus, the carillon tolled for one minute at noon this past Monday, April 20. Family, friends and former colleagues of DeMond’s joined for a moment of silence in front of the Media Arts Center. Tim Garland, supervisor of the electrical shop, coordinated the ringing of the carillon. “It was an honor to be able to do something to commemorate Nate,” Garland said. Kathleen DeMond and Jason Michaels, DeMond’s mother and brother, were in attendance during the moment of silence.
“We want to say thank you for everything Keene State’s done for my brother. We’re very proud to be here,” Michaels said. “We all miss Nate terribly. We never stop missing him,” K. DeMond said. College President, Anne Huot, was also in attendance. “Nate’s memory here is strong … He is deeply missed and it’s just great that our community came out today to remember him,” Huot said.
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