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The Passing of Ralston Louie

The Passing of Ralston Louie


Dear SCA Students, Faculty, and Staff,

It is with great sadness that I must tell you of the recent death of Ralston Louie, a third year M.F.A. student in the Interactive Media & Games Division. His father Regan Louie has shared the following with us and asked that we pass it along to all you. “Ralston was swimming at the time of his death, doing what he loved – being in and enjoying the beauty of nature. Ralston took such pride and joy in his SCA experience and truly loved working with fellow students and faculty members. One of his greatest points of pride was completing his thesis project, Wing Wor, a very personal virtual reality project about the return to our family’s ancestral village in China. He had a deep passion for honoring our family and our heritage and used his formidable ability with media to do so. We look forward to seeing his work completed and sharing it with all of you.”

Losing one of our own is never easy to accept and please know that we are standing by to offer whatever support you may need. A reminder of resources is below. As we join together in grief may we honor Ralston by continuing to work together to make the kind of media in which he so deeply believed. Please stay safe and take good care of yourselves.   

Now, as always and more than ever during these challenging times, please do not hesitate to ask for help when you need it, or to offer help where you think it might be welcome. Counselors at USC Student Health, Counseling and Mental Health Services are available 24 hours a day at 213-740-9355 (WELL). Staff and faculty can find support from the Center for Work and Family Life, 213-821-0800.

If you are concerned about the well-being of a fellow student, please let us know through Trojans Care 4 Trojans so we may reach out directly with support and intervention. For pastoral care and spiritual counseling, please contact the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at 213-740-6110.  Further support is available from the Office of Campus Support and Intervention at 213-740-0411. This includes assistance if your studies are impacted. 

With Profound Sadness,