Anthony, you're forever in our hearts...
Dear NGS Family,
A great teacher plays a part in our lives long after we sit in their classrooms. Anthony Veansa So was a teacher who enabled our scholars to climb into a text and build a new perspective on the world. He taught us to craft sentences and express feelings held for so long but were unable to put into words. His giggle lit up the room and he was a master of using wit to acknowledge and ameliorate pain. To this day he holds the prize for the best Stanford tour. Insightful, ribald, and critical, the most Anthony part of it was the inclusion of his partner, Alex Torres, as part of an exhibit in the Stanford Museum. Beaming with pride, he showed us all what it means to be unapologetically in love.
It is with great sadness we are sharing the news of his passing.
As students, we all have our favorite Anthony moments. Over the years, Anthony's stories have echoed and we have all celebrated his publications, dove into his words, and awaited the release of his book this coming summer. Over these coming days, I hope you will reach out to us and share your Anthony stories. We want to celebrate his life with you, laugh, cry, and come together. NGS' Social Service Director, Ruby Aguirre will be having open office hours this Wednesday from 3-6 pm and the NGS staff is here for you, including resources and details of office hours on this document here.
With the passing of Anthony, our family has suffered a great loss, but we are resilient. We know how to lean on one another and how to find hope.
There will be a public virtual memorial for Anthony on Sunday, December 20th at 11:00 AM.
Please contact us for more information. We are also including a link to his partner's GoFundMe and an article from the SF Chronicle honoring Anthony's literary work and inspiring life.
All our best,
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