Trinity College Mourns the Loss of Longtime Staff Member Jorge Lugo

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By Iqra Athar ’26

News Editor

Trinity College announced the death of Jorge Lugo, a long-serving staff member who passed away on April 21, 2024, at Hartford Hospital. Joe DiChristina, Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Management, confirmed earlier this Monday that Lugo passed in the presence of his brothers and close friends following complications from a heart attack suffered earlier this month. DiChristina shared the sad news with the Trinity community, highlighting Jorge’s over three decades of commitment to the institution.

Lugo, who initially joined the college community as a student, quickly became an integral part of the campus through his roles in campus safety and briefly in accounts payable. Lugo’s tenure at the college was characterized by his active participation in the Non-Exempt Staff Council (NESC), his role on the Planning and Budget Council (PBC) and his efforts to foster community through the weekly Friday Coffee Hours. “Jorge was proud of his work with campus safety and deeply cared for our campus community,” DiChristina noted in the announcement. He also mentioned Jorge’s unique ability to bring laughter and joy to those around him through his sense of humor and memorable movie quotes.

Tributes from colleagues such as Trinity Campus Safety Officer Chris Augeri and Sergeant Mike Hassett underscored the profound impact Lugo had on the college and its students. “He had an infectious effect on the Trinity community,” Augeri stated in their email to the Tripod, reflecting on the sadness felt by Campus Safety staff members and student workers who had interacted with Lugo. Sgt. Hassett highlighted Jorge’s final act of generosity, the donation of his organs, giving life to others in need.

Jorge Lugo is survived by his twin brother Edgardo, younger brother Jose and numerous close friends, including those he met through his involvement with The Bushnell Performing Arts Center. Plans for a celebration of life service on campus are underway, with details to be announced, honoring the indelible mark Jorge left on the Trinity community and the many lives he touched.

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    Christopher Lyons

    Jorge Lugo was a bright light in the Trinity College Campus Safety Department for many years. I had the pleasure to work at Camps Safety with him from 2001 to 2012. he worked hard and did his job with dedication never letting the college down. Better yet was his demeanor and loyalty to Campus Safety Officers, Supervisors, Administrators and the student workers we employed to work at the department. Never a bad day with Jorge around and he was one of a kind. RIP Jorge

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