Sad News

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

With sorrow, we write to let you know that Rick Gobbi, a Sodexo food service manager who worked in the Lower Usdan dining hall, passed away unexpectedly on February 4.

Many of you know how thoughtful and kind Rick was, always going the extra mile to make sure members of the Brandeis community had whatever they needed, and doing it with a smile and genuine warmth. Whether he was busing tables, or assisting students during lunch, Rick always had a way to make you smile. His commitment to serving the Brandeis community was recently recognized at a national level by Sodexo for outstanding customer service.

His funeral service will be held tomorrow, February 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. James Armenian Apostolic Church, 465 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, Massachusetts.

Losing a colleague is incredibly difficult. We encourage you to reach out for the support you need in whatever way is most comfortable for you. The Brandeis Counseling Center, at 781-736-3730, is available to help you access grief counseling, and members of our Multifaith Chaplaincy are available at 781-736-3570.

Rick will be missed by everyone who knew him. We send our most profound condolences to his family and friends.


Ron Liebowitz

Andy Allen
Sodexo General Manager