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Princeton graduate student Maura Coursey dies

Maura Coursey, 28, a Princeton graduate student, died on Jan. 26 at her off-campus residence.

Coursey was from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she attended West High School and the University of Utah and was an avid boxer and instructor. A first-year M.P.A. student in the School of Public and International Affairs, she was studying domestic policy at Princeton.

Surviving family members include parents Jeffrey Coursey and Mary Johnston-Coursey and a sister, Kate Coursey.

The University has extended condolences to the family and hosted opportunities for the University community to gather and reflect on Friday, Jan. 27, via Zoom and on Monday, Jan. 30, in person in Robertson Hall.

The family has planned a memorial service Saturday, May 27, in Salt Lake City. To RSVP, email Steve Johnston at:

The family has established the Maura Coursey Fund. Money raised through this fund will provide support for nonprofit work in equity, inclusion, trauma-informed approaches, harm reduction and fierce safeguarding of individual dignity and worth in marginalized populations.

Resources and support for graduate and undergraduate students are available 24/7 through Counseling and Psychological Services at 609-258-3141. The Office of Religious Life, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, and residential college staff are also available for resources and support.