At presstime, investigation was in progress into the death of Michael E. Tobin, a 26-year-old alumnus from Pittsford, New York, whose body was found at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house early Sunday morning.
Penn Police Director Maureen Rush said that at 6:39 a.m. on Sunday, University dispatchers picked up a Philadelphia Police radio call for assistance of a man unconscious at the foot of a fire stairwell at the 3619 Locust Walk address of the fraternity known as FIJI. Moments later Penn officers arrived to find a Philadelphia officer and personnel from the Philadelphia Fire Department present. Mr. Tobin was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy is being conducted.
Mr. Tobin, a member of the College's Class of 1994, was a FIJI brother who had returned for the house's annual alumni dinner. During his junior year he received all-Ivy recognition for his outstanding efforts on the lacrosse field. He was co-captain and leader of the defensive side of the team during his senior year. He also played with the Philadelphia Wings championship team briefly before taking up a position in Wall Street where he worked for four years. About a year ago he joined the family firm in upstate New York.
"We are terribly saddened by this tragic loss of life," said President Judith Rodin. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's parents and his family."
He is survived by his father and mother, John and Jeanne Tobin, and by two younger brothers, Patrick and Jay.
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 25, March 23, 1999