Campus: San Francisco State University -- August 31, 2004
San Francisco State University Student Dies
Kevin William Costello, Watsonville native, was Presidential Scholar
San Francisco State University student Kevin William Costello died today after
an accident that occurred Friday, Aug. 27, at the Headlands Institute in Marin
County, according to Stanford University Medical Center.
Costello was attending a retreat for incoming freshmen in the University's
Presidential Scholars Program. According to the National Park Service, he fell
into the ocean when he and another student "...headed up a steep slope trying to
access Bird Rock from Rodeo Beach."
SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan stated, "The University is shocked and deeply
saddened by Kevin's untimely death. This tragic accident has cut short the life of
an exceptional young man whose lively intellect and joyous spirit were already
winning him a host of new friends on campus. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies
go out to Kevin's family, as well as his friends and fellow students. This is a
truly heartbreaking loss."
As a Presidential Scholar, Costello participated in the University's most
distinguished academic award program for first-time freshmen. Acceptance is based
on academic and personal achievement, extracurricular activities in school and the
community, leadership potential and the ability to express oneself effectively.
Costello was a 2004 graduate of Monterey County High School and a jazz musician who
intended to major in marine biology or oceanography, with an additional major
The son of Joan Costello and William Hyslop, Costello was a first-year student
from Watsonville, Calif.
According to the hospital, the family will hold a memorial ceremony Friday at the
Pajaro Dunes on the Monterey Bay coastline, and will announce details in their
local newspaper, the Monterey Herald.
Media Contact: Ellen Griffin,(415) 338-6990; (415) 706-5176,