Remembering November 1: A University tragedy 10 years later
Lu then walked three blocks to Jessup Hall, where he entered the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (now the Office of the Provost). There, he shot and killed T. Anne Cleary, 56, an associate vice president and professor of education, and seriously wounded a student employee, Miya Sioson. He then shot and killed himself.
The killings plunged the campus into a state of shock, but they also drew it together. Immediately following the shootings, there was concern of a backlash against the Chinese community in Iowa City. Many people, including University of Iowa President Hunter R. Rawlings III, representatives of the UI International Center, and clergy from the Campus Ministries, provided support and comfort to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and to the Chinese community, both of which had suffered losses on Nov. 1. Six days after the shootings, on Nov. 7, a community observance in Carver-Hawkeye Arena was attended by thousands and was broadcast live to the state.
Miya Sonya Sioson, University of Iowa student
Sioson, who served in a temporary position in the Office of Academic Affairs, was a University honors student majoring in Spanish and Portuguese and global studies. She was a member of the honor society Mortar Board. Sioson was active in Central American relief work and was a member of the local Central American Solidarity Committee. She spent the summer of 1991 working in El Salvador with Comadres, mothers of the disappeared in that country. She now lives in California.
T. Anne Cleary, associate vice president for academic
affairs and professor of education, Dec. 12, 1935Nov. 2, 1991
Cleary came to The University of Iowa in 1979 as a professor of educational measurement and statistics in the College of Education. She also served as director of the Universitys evaluation and examination service. Before coming to Iowa, she had been vice president for program planning and speech at The College Board.
Cleary was a national authority on educational measurement and evaluation. She published numerous articles on test scores and mathematics ability, testing of persons with disabilities, and the use of ACT tests to select talented youth for special academic experiences.
Christoph K. Goertz, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy,
March 22, 1944Nov. 1, 1991
Goertz published more than 150 scientific articles in professional publications and served as senior editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research. In 1991 he was elected an external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany. Previously he was a visiting senior scientist and a senior research scientist at MIT.
Goertzs research interests ranged from the Earths aurora borealis, or northern lights, to phenomena associated with the interaction between the planet Jupiter and its moons.
Dwight R. Nicholson, professor and chair, Department of Physics
and Astronomy, Oct. 3, 1947Nov. 1, 1991
He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado, where he also taught a course in plasma physics and published a graduate-level textbook on plasma theory.
Nicholson joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1978 and was appointed a full professor in 1986. He chaired the Department of Physics and Astronomy for six years, from 1985 until his death.
In addition to his administrative and faculty duties, he conducted plasma physics research. Among his professional and University affiliations, he was a member of the U.S. Department of Energy Transport Review Panel, a consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a member of the Universitys Strategic Planning Committee for Interdisciplinary Programs.
Linhua Shan, research investigator, Department of Physics and
Astronomy, Nov. 25, 1964Nov. 1, 1991
He was the recipient of the 1991 D.C. Spriestersbach award for the outstanding doctoral dissertation at The University of Iowa. His dissertation concerned an explanation of the structure of Saturns ring system. He was also a member of the theoretical space physics team in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Robert Alan Smith, associate professor, Department of Physics
and Astronomy, March 8, 1946Nov. 1, 1991
In 1989 Smith came to The University of Iowa as an associate professor. Before coming to Iowa, he had served as a postdoctoral research associate at Goddard Space Flight Center from November 1973 to October 1975; he was a visiting scientist in both France and the Netherlands from 1975 to 1977; and he worked for the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., from 1978 to 1989.
Smith was active in national space physics activity through the American
Geophysical Union. His research interests ranged from thermonuclear to
space or astrophysical plasma physics.
by Steve Maravetz