MU Remembers honors lives of students, faculty and staff who have passed away

April 8, 2024
Contact: Eric Stann, 573-882-3346,
Photos by Abbie Lankitus

University of Missouri Interim Provost Matthew Martens, the MU Counseling Center’s Charles Burgess and Jessica Santiago, and the campus community recently gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony to remember the lives of Mizzou's students, faculty and staff who have died from March 2023 through March 2024.

“We honor the memories of our late students, faculty and staff and to offer support to their family, friends and colleagues,” said University of Missouri President Mun Choi. “We value each member of the Mizzou community. MU Remembers recognizes the impact of those we lost and commemorates their ongoing legacy.”

During the ceremony, the Switzler Hall bell tolled after each name was read. All MU flags were flown at half-mast for the day and the Jesse Hall dome was darkened through the night. Student names have been added to the tribute plaque in Memorial Union.

“MU is a vibrant community made up of students, faculty, and staff from across the nation and around the world,” said Martens. “Today, we mourn these significant losses from the Mizzou family while we also celebrate the contributions each individual made to our university community.”

In memoriam:

Undergraduate students

  • Colin Bruhn, College of Engineering
  • Kennedy Carter, Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Jack Crader, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Sam DeSmit, College of Engineering
  • Noah Marker, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Brencton "Bo" Morland, Discovery Center
  • Riley Strain, College of Arts and Science

Graduate students

  • Carol Bennett, College of Education and Human Development


  • Dale Himmelberg, Safety and Security
  • Bhaskar Katram, School of Medicine and Graduate Medical Education Programs at University Hospital
  • Paula Lear, Columbia Surgical Associates
  • Michelle Olson, Campus Dining Services
  • Brenda Pipes, Campus Dining Services
  • Kathy Reimler, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Kimberly Townlain, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Stacy Wilder, University of Missouri Research Reactor


  • Gary Johnson, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Frances "Fran" Reynolds, Asian Affairs Center
  • Sandra Schiefer, Library

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