Patricio “Pato” Alvarez Morphy

Message from the President
April 24, 2023

Dear LMU Community:

I am saddened to share that Patricio “Pato” Alvarez Morphy, a sophomore theatre arts major, died on April 22, 2023, from injuries sustained after being struck by a car. He was 20 years old.

Patricio, an international student from Mexico, was active in LMU’s Theatre Arts program. His short play, “The Men on the Down Below,” is being produced for the New Works Festival and will be performed at the Barnelle Theatre.

“Pato,” to his many friends, was a songwriter and social media influencer, using his work from his acting classes to entertain, educate, and engage a growing audience. He was especially proud of his song “Volver.”

Student Psychological Services, Community of Care, Campus Ministry, and the Dean of Students are available to speak with students who seek support amidst this tragedy. Student Psychological Services also offers TimelyCare, a teletherapy service with licensed providers to support mental health. Faculty and staff may seek support from the Employee Assistance Program and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

The community shared prayers of remembrance at Mass with Pato’s family in Sacred Heart Chapel on Sunday, April 23. Additional information about memorial services will be shared soon. We will remember Patricio with a plaque bearing his name at our student memorial, Ad Astra per Aspera.

Please keep Patricio and his family in your prayers.


Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.