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University community mourns loss of senior

May 5, 2008  
From staff reports   

The Ohio University community is mourning the loss of Kelly P. Armbruster, a senior in the College of Business who died this past weekend.

Athens police responded to a call shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday to find the bodies of Armbruster, 22, of Dublin, Ohio, and Hocking College student Christopher A. Theil, 22, in an off-campus Riverpark Towers apartment.

Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith expressed the condolences of university students, faculty and staff.

"On behalf of the university community, our hearts go out to the students' families and friends who are dealing with this tragedy," he said.

Associate Professor of Management Systems Gary Coombs, who served as Armbruster's academic adviser, remembers her as a student focused on her future.

"Kelly was always outgoing and talkative when I met with her, and she always sought advice," Coombs said. "I recently met with her to discuss the classes she should take this summer after she returned from her Global Competitiveness Program Leadership Center trip to Italy."

Fellow senior Lauren Creasap is saddened that world will miss out on Armbruster's contributions.

"She was a very beautiful and intelligent young woman who was so close to graduating and who was also so excited to make a positive impact on the world and in the lives of others," Creasap said. "Actually, she did make her impact, it was just cut way too short.

"She was one of those friends you could tell anything to and know that your secrets were safe, and she would always give you her best advice," she added. "She was never judgmental of anybody and she loved everybody, more than she loved herself even."

The Athens Police Department investigation is ongoing.

"We are very concerned for the families, and (we) desire to get to the bottom of it," Capt. Tom Pyle of the Athens Police Department said.

Pyle said the department is awaiting results on the autopsy, conducted by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, which could take four to six weeks.

"There were no obvious signs of foul play," Pyle added in response to concerns he's heard expressed. "If we had thought there was any immediate threat to the public, we would have put out an alert."

Smith stressed that emotional support and grief counseling is available through Counseling and Psychological Services at 740-593-1616. Assistance also can be arranged through the Dean of Students Office at 740-593-1800 or the Ohio University Police Department at 740-593-1911. 


Related Links
Counseling and Psychological Services:  http://www.ohio.edu/counseling/ 

Published: May 5, 2008 2:01 PM  

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