Pepperdine Mourns the Loss of Seaver College Sophomore

January 7, 2016  | 2 min read

It is with deep sadness and regret that I inform you of the tragic loss of another member of the Pepperdine community. Sophomore Cameron Johnson died yesterday while in the village of Baños in Ecuador. He was traveling while on break from Pepperdine’s Buenos Aires international program, in which he was enrolled. We offer our deepest condolences to Cameron’s family, friends, and loved ones. 

His director in Buenos Aires, Rafa Martinez, considered Cameron “a phenomenal human being. He was always helping people and was always there for everyone. He was also a great student. His final paper for Comm 313 is a real piece of love and peace for this world. But at the end of the road as Christians, we know we are always together. Chau Cameron, nos vemos pronto en el paraiso. Tu amigo, Rafa.” 

His friend Stuart Slayton said, “Cam lived a life of spontaneity, care, and love that brought smiles to all of our faces, day in and day out.” Elizabeth Waters, Cameron’s resident advisor, said, “A member of our Buenos Aires family has departed this life and is now watching out for us from above. Cameron, you are kind, considerate, and a friend to all. You are always there for the people around you, and your sense of humor never fails to make us laugh. I will not talk about you in the past tense because you are alive in Christ, and I'm confident that today you made heaven a little bit funnier, a little bit lighter. May your memory be eternal, Cam.”

During this time of great loss, we again are reminded of the importance of community support. Losing a fellow student and member of our University can be very difficult. I encourage those who feel they may need additional support to contact the Counseling Center (310.506.4210) or the Office of the Chaplain (310.506.4275), as well as the Seaver Dean’s Office (310.506.4280) for any emotional or academic assistance you may need.

For those who wish to send condolences to the family, please send your cards, notes, or letters to: International Programs, Tyler Campus Center Suite 131, Mail Code 4230, and we will forward them to the family. 

The Pepperdine community is asked to lift up Cameron’s family and friends in their prayers.


Charles Hall, Dean of International Programs