Yesterday was a sad and tragic day for the Humboldt State University community.
Suzanne Seemann, an instructor in our Department of Geography, was killed by an automobile while she was out on a morning run. Two others who were running with her were critically injured and hospitalized, and one jogger's dog was struck and killed.
This is a terrible loss for our University. On behalf of our entire community, I would like to express our deepest condolences to Suzanne's family, her friends and her students. Our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time, and we are here to support them in any way possible.
Suzanne joined our faculty in 2011, after previously teaching at College of the Redwoods. She held degrees from Princeton, University of Wisconsin and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a specialist in oceanic and atmospheric sciences.
Suzanne's colleagues in the Department of Geography have shared with me their keen sorrow at her loss. They describe her as an extraordinarily talented and popular instructor, one who will be sorely missed.
Family members, colleagues and students were being notified throughout the day yesterday. Counseling and other services have been offered, and anyone seeking support may contact the Counseling Center on campus at 826-3236.
Rollin C. Richmond