Yves Magloe, 1967-2010

I returned to campus this week and to the very sad news of the death of Yves Magloe, my colleague in the English department. Yves was a local cause celebré in 2006, when he was briefly fired by the Pasadena City College administration after a nervous breakdown. I blogged about it here and here, and was privileged to play a small part in the campaign for his reinstatement. That campaign received national coverage in the mental health and higher education communities.

Yves and I hadn’t met before his dismissal, battle with the board, and eventual rehiring. We did have a few nice chats after his return, and spoke of what it was like to serve as a faculty member while battling mental illness. Yves and I were, to the best of my knowledge, the only two full-time faculty members at the college to have spoken publicly about our struggles. And now Yves is gone, due to causes that I am told were related to his battle against his illness. I know few other details. There is a simple memorial to him here.

I note that both Yves and I were born in May of 1967, two days apart and on opposite sides of the world. Our paths led both of us to Pasadena City College; our battles against our inner demons both became known to our campus community. And Yves didn’t make it.

I grieve his loss.

8 thoughts on “Yves Magloe, 1967-2010

  1. Interestingly I’m reading this on the same day of the news of Andrew Koening’s death (and I knew him a bit). He killed himself and it was brought on by severe depression.

    Today I am not only feeling sad that this damn disease got two other innocents and that this news has triggered my own fears about my battles in this arena but I am feeling so freaking angry at the way people misunderstand this phenomenon and how much of a component secrecy often has to be in this condidtion. It’s quite possibly the worst part, the knowledge that you have to hide it which only produces shame which only makes it worse.

    Very very angry.

  2. This is sad news. I agree with Funt about “how much of a component secrecy often has to be in this condition” (as well as other mental health conditions). It’s touched my own life and family. I also agree with his observation about the worst part being the knowledge that you have to hide it, which only produces shame and makes it worse. Change takes a long time and I wish that were not so.

  3. I am very, very sorry to hear about this. As someone who is currently battling depression, my heart really hurts to hear this. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Looks like there’s a lot of us out there. Not news but still interesting to know.

  5. And now we can add Marie Osmond’s son to the list of casualties. Angrier by the minute.

  6. I read about that too. It’s painful to read about. I feel for the family too. There’s still too much pain, stigma and shame associated with mental illness. It prevents people from getting the help that they need, or the emotional support. It makes my heart feel so heavy and sad reading about it.

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