Marquette University News Release

Remembering alumnus and journalist James Foley

August 19, 2014

Photo.ashxPrayer vigil for James Foley, Aug. 26, 2014

Marquette University on Aug. 26, 2014, celebrated the life of alumnus James Foley with a prayer vigil in the Church of the Gesu on campus. Nearly 1,000 people, including many of Jim’s closest friends, filled the church to honor and remember Jim.

A video of the vigil in its entirety is available online.

Finishing the Story, remarks from Dr. Lori Bergen, dean, Diederich College of Communication

 The James Foley Scholarship Fund

Working with the family and friends of James Foley, Marquette has established the James Foley Scholarship Fund in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication.

Remembering James Foley

News stories from around the world have highlighted the life and faith of alumnus and slain journalist James Foley, celebrating his career and his deep connection to Marquette University. A broad collection of media coverage about James Foley is available online.

A letter from James Foley to Marquette, 2011

James Foley’s last letter to his family on

James Foley’s speech on campus in 2011, following his first abduction in Libya

Captured in Libya: Marquette friends are key in campaign to free James Foley
Marquette Magazine, Fall 2011

James Foley through the years: photo slideshow
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 20, 2014

Storify of Twitter posts in remembrance of James Foley
Aug. 20, 2014, a collection of photographic memories and tributes.

On Twitter, the #RememberingJim campaign seeks to keep his spirit alive through pictures, videos, stories and quotes.

A tribute from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, where James Foley received a master’s degree in journalism in 2008

 University statement on James Foley

The Marquette community is deeply saddened by the death of alumnus and freelance journalist James Foley, Arts ’96. We extend our heartfelt prayers and wishes for healing to James’ family and friends during this very difficult time.

James, who majored in history at Marquette, had a heart for social justice and used his immense talents to tell the difficult stories in the hopes that they might make a difference in the world – a measure of his character for which we could not be prouder.

Following his first capture in 2011, after he safely returned from Libya, James expressed in a letter to the Marquette community the power and strength he drew not only from his own prayer, but the prayers of his family and friends. As a community, we offer this prayer for peace.

Statement on James Foley from President Obama

We will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and civility. And that’s what Jim Foley stood for, a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family. Today, the American people will all say a prayer for those who loved Jim. All of us feel the ache of his absence. All of us mourn his loss.

Statement on James Foley from Secretary of State John Kerry

James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria. He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism.

About Christopher Stolarski

Christopher Stolarski

Chris is a senior communication strategist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Chris at (414) 288-1988 or View all posts by .