Oakland City University Grieves Over Loss Of Professor And Alum

Classes canceled for the day at Oakland City University. The university lost two of its own in a car crash last night.

Today, faculty, students and family grieve over the loss of a professor and alum. 

Daniel Dunivan, Oakland City University Provost says, "The loss is a significant one for us."

All you could hear on the sidewalks of Oakland City University was a loud silence. 

Alexis Cowin, a freshman says, "I was so shocked you know I was like what this can't be real and I just ...I started bawling."

Shock, followed by grief. 

"We miss them," Dunivan says. 

Dr. Claudine Cutchin and her daughter, 22 year-old Adelaide Cutchin were both killed in an accident on State Road 64. 

Dr. Cutchin worked at OCU for 23 years, most recently served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Adelaide graduated from OCU in 2016. 

Tristan Nagelkirk, a junior says, "It's hard to think that I won't be hearing that anymore someone saying that we have this new assignment for Dr. Cutchin."

In this tight-knit community, some say Dr. Cutchin touched many lives. 

"Her shoes are going to be the biggest to fill around here honestly," Nagelkirk says. 

"I would say her legacy here at OCU is one that prizes care for students care for her discipline in which she taught in the classroom and a care for the university," Dunivan says. 

But Dr. Cutchin didn't just teach history. She made history. Some students say she was the best professor they've had and want her to know these few things.

Freshman Mikayla Jones says, "I did the homework on time! I completed it."

"Thank you for everything you've done here," Nagelkirk says. "We're truly grateful for all you've managed to do."

School officials say school will be back in session on Monday. They are waiting to see what the family wants before they plan a vigil or memorial. 


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