University mourns the loss of Dr. Joe Daniels, Keyes Dean of Business Administration

Dear Marquette community,

I’m writing this morning with incredibly difficult news. Today I ask you all to mourn the tragic loss of Dr. Joe Daniels, Keyes Dean of Business Administration, who was fatally struck by a vehicle on campus last night.

On behalf of the entire Marquette community, please join me in praying for the Daniels family and friends and our colleagues in the College of Business Administration.

Joe was a campus fixture for more than 30 years, and I was honored to call him my friend. He inspired students his entire career as a mentor and educator and made an indelible impact on the field of economics as a master scholar. Ultimately, Joe helped take Marquette Business to new heights. He was instrumental in inspiring a new vision for the college, which we will carry forward in his memory.

As a Marquette community, we struggle for comfort as we each feel the impact of this loss in different ways. We are a family and need to support each other the most during times of immense sorrow.

All College of Business Administration classes will be cancelled today and this evening.

A campus-wide prayer service will be held in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the AMU at 2 p.m. so that campus can come together to remember Joe and to pray for his family and friends.

Support and resources are available for the campus community through Campus Ministry, the Faber Center, the Counseling Center and the Employee Assistance Program. Special support is being provided to the College of Business Administration. Campus Ministry and the Faber Center will be in rooms 265 and 253 in Straz Hall all day today to provide spiritual support to anyone in need.

We will share funeral arrangements in Marquette Today when we have that information.

Please pray for Joe’s family and friends as they grieve an immeasurable loss.

Respectfully yours,
Dr. Michael R. Lovell

A prayer for peace:

Lord, Bring Us Peace As We Mourn
(Based on Matthew 5:4)

Blessed are those who mourn,

For God will comfort them.

Lord, let us trust in your comfort,

Let us trust in your love.

As we grieve, we feel loss,

Though we know we are blessed.


Blessed to express gratitude

For our companions on the journey.

Companions on earth,

And companions in heaven.

Blessed to know that

You have conquered death.

Blessed to hold in our hearts that

You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Blessed in community

To carry one another,

To share love,

To share memories.


Now, more than ever

May we cling to the life you promise.

May we remember that,

With Your grace

We are all walking toward Your light.

With you, we are walking toward home.

Lord, bring us peace as we mourn.