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Professor passed away last night.....

rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 936Registered User Member
edited July 2012 in College Life
Dan Shea, anthropology professor at Beloit college, passed away last night while on a dig in Chile with some students......THIS IS HORRIBLE!!! Not only for the school and its students, but for the anthropological community!!! I personally wanted to take a class of his....

Has anyone had this happen to them? Do you think a new anthro will be hired?
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Replies to: Professor passed away last night.....

  • MyHipieMyHipie Posts: 49Registered User Junior Member
    This is off topic, but what happens to the class or students' grades if a professor passes away during the school year?
  • JeSuisJeSuis Posts: 1,930Registered User Senior Member
    ^ I'd assume a different professor/lecturer would take over for the remainder of the term.
  • MD MomMD Mom Posts: 6,728Registered User Senior Member
    The dean of the honors college at Pitt passed away in April of 2010. He also taught honors physics. The professor got sick during spring break and did not come back. The university brought in another prof to finish the semester and a lot of Bs were given. It was pretty awful and did throw my daughter, who at the time was majoring in physics.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 28,329Registered User Senior Member
    One of my favorite high school teachers passed away last week, two days before school ended. Literally thousands of students were at her memorial.

    I am familiar with Dr. Shea's work. I did a research paper about a Costa Rican archaeological site. Great loss for those of us interested in Latin American archaeology. My sympathies to you, the Beloit community, his friends and family, and all others affected.

    A new anthro prof will undoubtedly be hired. I can't imagine what those students down in Chile are going through though. Do they know what happened?
  • AUGirlAUGirl Posts: 2,890Registered User Senior Member
    One of the professors at USC was murdered first semester. I don't remember what happened, but it was so awful. I think she was in the College of Education. I just can't imagine having a professor pass away, especially if it's a favorite professor.

    It was bad enough knowing that one of my favorite professors is retiring this summer. At least I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to have him.
  • vienneselightsvienneselights Posts: 411Registered User Member
    Well looks like one unemployed anthro PhD is in luck this year...
  • Davidabb84Davidabb84 Posts: 1,355- Senior Member
    A professor at Appalachian State, Dr. Pombo, passed away from cancer over the summer. Some of my friends had her classes in the past and said she was really great and that I should try to get into one of her classes at some point. Guess I won't have the chance :/

    Fortunately I've never had the experience of a teacher passing away, but I know people who have and it's a bad experience from both a learning and a personal standpoint. I did have a teacher become seriously injured, which forced him to stay out for the rest of the year. We weren't really able to learn anything else the entire year, but it wasn't like fun time. We all liked that class, and we still had busywork to do. So it was just boring and disappointing.
  • rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 936Registered User Member
    Vienneselights, anthropology is the fastest growing social science. It'll pick up. :)
  • ThisMortalSoilThisMortalSoil Posts: 928Registered User Member
    There was an English professor who was arrested for murder last year, some other prof took over the class.
  • rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 936Registered User Member
    ^ that's really awful!
  • vienneselightsvienneselights Posts: 411Registered User Member

    A senior that graduated last may told me that she went to a lecture by a Stanford PhD who said that, among other things, only one (1) person in his entire graduating cohort got a job lined up for this year.
  • rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 936Registered User Member
    ^ that's unfortunate
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