The death of American University professor, Sue Ann Marcum, is a devastating tragedy. Though I was not personally acquainted with her, I feel the impact of her death as a double alumnus of American University-- where I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees—and as a former lecturer and, oftentimes, guest speaker at the institution.
The American University community has strong bonds between students, alumni, and staff. It is a large family comprised of shared learning goals, strong aspirations, and high achievers. Students and alumni bond with faculty and with one another. No matter how much times passes and regardless of what directions we go, the AU family never loses that sense of togetherness combined with fond memories of our days at the university.
The sudden death and criminal victimization of Sue Meacum has a secondary impact on us all. The shock, the emotional pain, the incomprehensible, and the grief leaves the university community cloaked with profound sadness. We feel her mother’s pain and share deeply in her loss.
As the days progress, our hope is that her killer is quickly found and that we can be comforted by fond memories in knowing that she made a lasting mark on her students and the university community as a whole.