In Memoriam

Remembering Cal Poly Students Who Have Passed Away



Kenneth, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering from Richland, Washington, died Saturday, April 6, after an accident during a trip to Big Sur.


Kenneth was an outdoor enthusiast: he was a founding member of the Alpine Club, participated in activities with the Surfrider Foundation, and served as a trip leader for ASI Poly Escapes. ASI staff described him as “a person of incredible technical skill and even more incredible kindness, unmatched wittiness, and a passion for adventure that could inspire anyone.”


A Memorial Service for Kenneth Taylor will take place on Friday, April 12 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on campus at The Forum, located in Building 19-126, adjacent to the UU.

The Taylor family has requested that attendees wear a flannel shirt to honor Kenneth's passion for the outdoors.



Sofia Padoan, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024.


Sofia was president of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a member of the Italian Cultural Association, Nutrition Club, and Spanish Club. She had dinner with her family on Friday night. Upon return to her residence, she collapsed. She was transported to an emergency room, where she died of a suspected brain aneurysm.


A Memorial Walk in Honor of Sofia Padoan will take place on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo.


Click HERE to donate to the Sofia Padoan Memorial & Scholarship Fund.




Assistance for Students

We know that events like this can overwhelm a person’s natural ability to cope. It is normal to experience a range of emotions, including strong physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral reactions. Please know that Cal Poly is here to support you during this difficult time.


If you are in need of counseling or crisis support as a result of this event or any other situation, ask for help. Reaching out is a sign of strength and one of the best strategies for dealing with this type of stress. Below are some important resources and suggestions for you to consider:

  • Connect with your social circles and communities – such as family, classmates, department staff, campus offices, and/or faith communities – for support. This type of support can complement any help you might seek in other venues.
  • Seek support at Counseling Services (Building 27) by calling 805-756-2511. Same day appointments are available for those in urgent need, or schedule a brief screening within a few days.
  • If you need immediate assistance any time of day, call the Crisis Line at 805-756-2511.
  • Need a counselor to come to your group to provide support and resources? Please call Counseling Services at 805-756-2511 and ask to speak with Andrea Lawson, Director of Counseling Services. You can also email 
  • If you have questions or concerns related to missing a class or other academic commitments, these should be addressed directly with your individual instructors.
  • Assistance and support services are also available by contacting the Dean of Students Office at 805-756-0327 or email 
  • Please note: a common reaction to tragedy is to want information. Be thoughtful and respectful when sharing information with others and on social networking sites.

Assistance for Campus Employees

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential counseling services to all Cal Poly employees and their families. To speak with a counselor at any other time, please call their 24-hour support hotline at 800-367-7474. More information about EAP's confidential services is available at


Please know that we care about each of you and that we grieve with you at this time.



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