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Aspiring School Psychologist and Loyola Intern Dies

Isabella Falsetti | The PhoenixRobert Fajardo was an intern in Loyola's school psychology program within the School of Education.

Robert Fajardo, a third-year intern in Loyola’s school psychology program, died recently, university officials said. 

Fajardo was working toward earning his Educational Specialist degree, according to an email sent by Campus Ministry to the Loyola community. He changed his career to become a school psychologist, the email said. The cause and date of his death is unclear. 

“Robert embodied Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic mission as he was hardworking, thoughtful, and was using his talents to make a difference in the lives of children,” the email read.

Matt Maciak, Fajardo’s internship supervisor, said in the email Fajardo had completed his school psychology practicum and was finishing up his internship at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois. 

“[Fajardo] will be remembered by our school community as a kind and compassionate individual who always had a smile on his face and took time to engage in friendly conversations with anyone he counted,” Maciak said in the email. “[Fajardo] and his contributions to our school will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.”

A visitation will be held Dec. 27 at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons funeral home in Shelby Township, Michigan, and the funeral will take place later that day at the same location. 

Condolences can be sent to Fajardo’s parents at 11571 Scarborough Drive, Shelby Township, Michigan 48315.

An email from Campus Ministry notifying the community of Fajardo’s death offered resources for Loyola community members. Contact information for the resources on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and Health Sciences Campus are listed on Loyola’s website. 

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