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Visiting Syracuse University student from Lockerbie dies from fall at campus residence hall
Visiting Syracuse University student from Lockerbie dies from fall at campus residence hallDecember 13, 2002Kevin Morrowkdmorrow@syr.edu
Andrew McClune, an 18-year-old native of Lockerbie, Scotland, and a Lockerbie Scholar at Syracuse University, died Dec.13 as a result of injuries sustained from a fall from the seventh floor of Sadler Hall, a campus residence hall.
McClune was found unconscious on the ground outside Sadler Hall at 2:40 a.m. He was transported to University Hospital, where he died about two hours later.
The Syracuse Police Department is investigating, with assistance from SU’s Department of Public Safety. There is no indication of foul play.
“When a student dies, all of us at Syracuse University feel the loss,” says Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. “It is tragic when the life of one so young is cut short. Our thoughts are with Andrew’s family and with his many friends both here and in Lockerbie.”
McClune arrived at SU in August as part of the annual Lockerbie Scholars program, which enables two students from Lockerbie to study for one year at the University. The program was established to create a lasting and constructive alliance between Lockerbie and Syracuse and to honor their mutual regard in the aftermath of theexplosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988. Thirty-five SU students died in the explosion.
McClune was a freshman in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences. He was enrolled in the Honors Program, was an Air Force ROTC cadet, and was a student employee for the University’s Division of International Programs Abroad.
Prior to his arrival in America, he was an accomplished student of the Lockerbie Academy, where he was appointed a “fifth year prefect”; in June 2001, he was named to the prestigious position of “head boy.”
Surviving are his mother, Deborah Scott; and stepfather, Sandy Scott; and three younger brothers, Iain and Alex and Christopher.
Chaplains from Hendricks Chapel (443-2901) and counselors from the SU Counseling Center (443-4715) are reaching out to students to aid them in dealing with McClune’s passing.
A memorial service will be planned for the beginning of the Spring 2003 semester.