Published July 5, 2022
The UB community is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of Jonathan Daniels, who served as associate director of admissions in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and his daughters, Jordan and Jensen. Jordan received her MBA from the UB School of Management in May.
The university also offers its heartfelt condolences to Daniels’ wife, Janessa Givens Daniels, who serves as UB’s senior associate director of financial aid, and their daughter Jillian, a 2020 UB graduate, and wishes Janessa a full and quick recovery from injuries suffered in the fire.
“As a university community, our collective hearts are broken with the devastating tragedy that claimed the life of beloved faculty member Dr. Daniels and his two cherished daughters, one of whom is an alumna,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi. “Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Janessa as we pray for her full recovery.”
“Dr. Daniels was a treasured colleague, physician, mentor and friend, and his absence will leave an unfillable hole in our school community,” said Allison Brashear, UB's vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School.
She continued: “He was a tireless advocate for diversifying the physician workforce and has worked closely with the Associated Medical Schools of New York to expand the pool of scholars choosing careers in medicine and health care, by providing academic enrichment and support to students from educationally and/or economically underserved backgrounds.”
The university is providing counseling services to faculty, staff and students affected by this terrible tragedy.
A GoFund Me account has been established to assist the Daniels family.
Our team works frequently with Janessa, and this news was sudden and heartbreaking. It caused us to reflect on how quickly a life can change. We hope that everyone around Janessa helps her as much as she needs.
Deepest condolences to the Daniels-Givens-Wajed family and blessings for a speedy recovery for Janessa.
Pamela A. Stephens-Jackson