Courtesy of UM-Dearborn

By JACK VANASSCHE, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Terry Ostrom, a lecturer of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, died on Sept. 11 of natural causes after a short illness, according to the university.  He was 74.

Ostrom had held his position at the school for 26 years.

Ostrom’s sister, Patricia Kohnen, said in the university’s release that she was grateful that her brother “died with his boots on.”

Students in Ostrom’s classes grew concerned for the well-being of their professor when he failed to show up for classes for the first full week.

Suhaib Hashem, a former student of Ostrom’s, remembered how committed Ostrom was to his profession.

“He always showed up to class,” Hashem said. “He hasn’t missed a class for entire semesters for as long as I remember.

“He’s a nice guy,” Hashem continued. “He was always very concerned about the students.”

Classes that Ostrom was scheduled to teach in the fall semester will continue with new instructors. BENG-4671-001 Ethics will now be conducted by Jill Plavcan, while ME-381 sections 001 and 004 will be taught by Dr. German Reyes-Villanueva.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science will release more information with students as it is received.

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