Loss of a Colleague

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I share news of the death of our colleague Vicki Sayarath, a research scientist and the research director for the Department of Epidemiology. Since joining Geisel in 2006, Vicki’s work touched many lives and her support of Epidemiology’s research programs helped that department grow and succeed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends in this difficult time.

Please see the message below from Margaret Karagas, chair of the Dept. of Epidemiology, regarding Vicki’s passing.



Dear All,

I sadly regret having to share the painful news I received that Vicki Sayarath passed away. There are no words to express my sorrows and sympathies to all of you who knew and worked closely with Vicki.

Vicki was hired into the Section of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2006 as a grant writer when we were planning our first training grant – the NCI R25. With that success behind her, she went on to oversee the Children’s Center Formative and Full Center grants, ECHO and three Phases of the COBRE grant submissions. She became an expert in research regulation and compliance and cared deeply that our work be shared with communities and that their voices be heard. She was also known as being a caring mom to Maya and Melanie who worked on our lab when they were students, and the loving wife to John Sayarath who teaches at St. Johnsbury Academy. Vicki served as chaperone for John and his students to his native Laos, visiting health care centers there and Cambodia. 

Vicki attended the University of Vermont as an undergrad, received her Registered Dietician Degree from Harvard, and MPH from the University of Minnesota, sharing her immense nutritional knowledge with our team to understand the composition of the infant diet. The impacts of Vicki’s efforts on our Department and research are innumerable. She will be so terribly missed as a colleague and friend.

You can read Vicki’s obituary here.We will be in touch with ways our group wishes to honor her.

The following resources are available to Dartmouth faculty, staff and students and we encourage to seek out support.

Please take good care of yourselves and don’t hesitate to reach out.