Man dies on train tracks

Man dies on train tracks

There are 33 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 27, 2007, titled Man dies on train tracks. In it, Newsday reports that:

A pedestrian crossing against the signal was struck and killed in an apparent suicide by a westbound Long Island Rail Road train at the Lake Road crossing in Huntington yesterday, said railroad officials and ...

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Since: May 07

Chicago, IL

#10 Nov 27, 2007
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Newsday Reader2 NYC

Westhampton Beach, NY

#11 Nov 28, 2007
Curious,
He was not the "James C. Dooley" who was or is the director of photography for Newsday. They are two different people.
The one who committed suicide was a fine professor at a college and great human being. I still can't understand what happened...
dooley_03

Englewood, CO

#12 Nov 29, 2007
James C. Dooley was known by many student and staff workers...Its hard to believe that he did such thing... When I found out of such thing I could not believe it...I had just seeing him a week ago before vacation... Although some of us know what might have caused his suicide... We are all in shock. To pass by his office and know that he is dead it just schoking!!!!
Disappointed in New York

Englewood, CO

#13 Nov 29, 2007
The comments on this website are insensitive and you should be ashamed of your lack of empathy for a man who was clearly crying out for help. Of course we all have the right to judge him because it caused us to be late for our jobs or personal engagements and none of us have ever done anything that has ever inconvenienced others. This was a well respected and brilliant man and anyone who knew him could attest to that. He had a family, students, and coworkers who cared about him and who are tremendously affected by this tragic incident. He served as a father figure to many and your comments not only hurt his reputation but you also make light of such a tragic circumstance. Thank you for your kindness and empathy that you are displaying for his family as well as the thousands of lives that he has touched and made a difference in. I hope that all of you can accomplish one fifth of what he has and I hope that others show you more compassion in your lifetime than you are showing for him right now.
Mercy college student

Paterson, NJ

#14 Nov 29, 2007
Well, according to what I heard from really good sources at the Bronx campus, Mercy College is firing lots of people throughout the entire institution. The director of Academic Advising was let go, the president was forced to resign, and unfurtunately this was the case with Mr. Dooley. It is a shame that people decide to take their own life for any reason, but sometimes our emotions take over our actions and we tendo to make really awful things. My condolences to Mr. Dooley's family and co-workers at Mercy College. This is very sad time for all of us who knew him, may his soul rest in peace!
friend

New York, NY

#15 Nov 29, 2007
I knew this man for a great many years. He was a brilliant mind. He leaves behind children, a wife of many years, a father, many siblings, and nieces and nephews, and, I am sure, a wealth of friends and colleagues. To them I give my deepest symathy and prayers.
Mercy collge student

United States

#16 Nov 29, 2007
He was a great professor at Mercy college. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends
Not as dumb as you

Boxborough, MA

#20 Nov 30, 2007
My condolences to his family and friends. He was my professor and advisor. With his help I was able to land a fulltime job, to help support my family and me. I will never forget him, and my prayers are with him.
Bx Mercy College member

New Rochelle, NY

#21 Nov 30, 2007
My condolences to his family and friends. He was kind to me when I needed his help on campus. I am sad that he has died. I will say a prayer for him and his family.
mercy student

Bronx, NY

#22 Dec 1, 2007
I was a student of Prof. Dooley. He was very nice and respectful toward us (students). What no one has mentioned in the postings is that Prof. Dooley was told that he was fired the day before Thanksgiving. It is well documented that many people during holidays become depress for many reasons (e.g.,lost of a love one). I believe it was insensitive and cold-hearted for him to be told he was loosing his job of many years the night before the mentioned holiday.
Selfish Act

Taylorsville, UT

#23 Dec 2, 2007
mercy student wrote:
I was a student of Prof. Dooley. He was very nice and respectful toward us (students). What no one has mentioned in the postings is that Prof. Dooley was told that he was fired the day before Thanksgiving. It is well documented that many people during holidays become depress for many reasons (e.g.,lost of a love one). I believe it was insensitive and cold-hearted for him to be told he was loosing his job of many years the night before the mentioned holiday.
I believe it was insensitive and cold-hearted for this learned man to place the individual who was operating the train in the position he/she has to be in now for the rest of their life knowing they killed someone and could do nothing about it.
Deeply Disturbed

Jamaica, NY

#24 Dec 6, 2007
Mercy, Mercy Me... Shame on you Mercy College! I hold you directly responsible for this man's dispair! I am told that he was with you for 31 years... You gave him a wonderful Thanksgiving gift! Shame on you Mercy College!
No Fear

United States

#25 Dec 8, 2007
emilioguerra wrote:
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When big boy?
Kathy Former Student

AOL

#26 Dec 11, 2007
I heard last night of the death of Professor Dooley. My heart sank. I was a former student of this wonderful human being. I took all of my undergradute psychology classes with him and I am a better teacher today because of him. His love for his students, teaching and for humanity made a difference in all the lives that he touched on a daily basis. Professor Dooley was not only a professor, he was also a friend. He always had time to lend an ear and listen with genuine concern. He laughter was contagious as was his sense of humor. I am a better person today for knowing James Dooley.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May God keep his soul in the palm of His hand and love him as all of us did.

James Dooley gave 31 years of his life to Mercy College and I think that they could have thought before they handed him some words the day before Thanksgiving.

May Gog Bless and Forever Keep James C. Dooley.
Joan-former colleague

Long Beach, NY

#27 Dec 13, 2007
I reiterate the comments of former postings. I worked with Jim Dooley when he was an administrator on the Bronx campus and I was a program chair. I found him to be a competent and understanding man. A real pleasure to know and to work with.
This scenario does not surprise me as I have seen it done at Mercy College to many people. There is no compassion or respect for faculty at that college. Jim Dooley was an exception. Fortunately I left and went on to better things.
Jim, you were a good guy.
Deborah Former Student

New York, NY

#28 Dec 20, 2007
I too have seen and experienced some of the incompetence of the Administration at Mercy College. My thoughts and prayers go out to The family of James Dooley for he was a fantastic and caring firend as well asn excellent professor. He will surely be missed!

Since: Dec 07

Greenlawn, NY

#29 Dec 25, 2007
Something doesn't feel right about this.

Reading the posts above, there are a few things that raise questions. First of all, if Mercy College is laying off personnel, wouldn't the people with LEAST seniority be the first to go? Or is there another reason that he was fired and THAT was the reason for the suicide? Something he couldn't live with?

It's hard to imagine someone committing suicide SOLELY because they lost their job. People lose their jobs all the time and the first reaction isn't to commit suicide one day later.

After 31 years, you would think he have built a substantial retirement fund so I wouldn't think money issues would be a problem.

The president of the college was forced to resign. Did this have anything to do with it?

Also, committing suicide leaving behind a family including children belies all the posts regarding what a warm hearted and caring person he was.

I knew Jim Dooley growing up. He attended my High School and we were in the same graduating class in 1970. I found him to be a dour and un-friendly person.

I smell a rat here.
Dumb

Winnemucca, NV

#30 Dec 26, 2007
"Also, committing suicide leaving behind a family including children belies all the posts regarding what a warm hearted and caring person he was."

Not to mention the train crew who has to relive this experience for the rest of their lives.

Selfish pig.
Bx Mercy College member

New Rochelle, NY

#31 Jan 11, 2008
Let's not forget that something else could have been going on. What if the firing/forced retirement was weighing heavily on his mind, what if he wasn't sleeping. Unless we were there and saw him looking directly at the train, we can't be sure he was aware that he was facing death or that he chose death. I am sure most people reading this have made mistakes when going about the tasks of daily living on little sleep. Look at all the "driving while sleepy" accidents....
Barbara from the Bronx

Tuxedo Park, NY

#32 Jan 25, 2008
I worked right outside Jim's office. He was a very sad, quiet and unfriendly sort. He never smiled or said hello. I knew he had problems the first time I met him. How could you not? His sullen face and demeanor just met you straight on....

Being fired from Mercy just put the icing on the cake. SHAME ON YOU MERCY COLLEGE. YOU'LL GET YOURS.
frogger52 wrote:
Something doesn't feel right about this.
Reading the posts above, there are a few things that raise questions. First of all, if Mercy College is laying off personnel, wouldn't the people with LEAST seniority be the first to go? Or is there another reason that he was fired and THAT was the reason for the suicide? Something he couldn't live with?
It's hard to imagine someone committing suicide SOLELY because they lost their job. People lose their jobs all the time and the first reaction isn't to commit suicide one day later.
After 31 years, you would think he have built a substantial retirement fund so I wouldn't think money issues would be a problem.
The president of the college was forced to resign. Did this have anything to do with it?
Also, committing suicide leaving behind a family including children belies all the posts regarding what a warm hearted and caring person he was.
I knew Jim Dooley growing up. He attended my High School and we were in the same graduating class in 1970. I found him to be a dour and un-friendly person.
I smell a rat here.

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