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Media Memo: Second UW-Eau Claire student dies following apartment fire

October 9, 2012

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette, News Bureau director

DATE: Oct. 9, 2012

SUBJECT: Second UW-Eau Claire student dies following apartment fire

Jacob Clarkson, a 21-year-old senior physics major at UW-Eau Claire, has died as a result of injuries from a fire Oct. 8 at his Water Street residence. Clarkson died at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he had been in critical condition.

(Note: A previous communication from UW-Eau Claire provided incorrect information about Clarkson's age and academic program. That information has been corrected above.)

Ross Livermore, 21, a sophomore computer science major who was on leave from the university this semester, died yesterday as a result of injuries from the fire.

Two other students who lived at the residence, Garret Isakson, 21, a junior management major, and Casey Malan, 21, a senior English major, were treated Oct. 8 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and released.

All of the students are from Stillwater, Minn.

The following email message was sent this afternoon by UW-Eau Claire Dean of Students Brian Carlisle to university students, faculty and staff:

Dear UW-Eau Claire community members:

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I inform you of the loss of another of our fellow Blugolds as the result of injuries from a fire at an off-campus student residence yesterday morning.

Jacob Clarkson passed away today at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he had been in critical condition since early yesterday. The family of Jacob Clarkson released a statement through the hospital:"Jacob enjoyed life and willed that others would have the chance for life, too. That's why we're honoring his decision to be an organ donor. We are so proud of him — and we miss him more than words can say. Thanks to everyone who kept our family in their prayers during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for us and also for Ross' family as we grieve the loss of our sons."

As the Chancellor's Office announced yesterday, sadly, another UW-Eau Claire student, Ross Livermore, died on October 8 of injuries from the fire.

Jacob and Ross both were natives of Stillwater, Minn., and graduates of Stillwater Area High School.

Jacob, a senior majoring in physics, was on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List in 2009 and 2011. He also attained Academic Distinction for the spring 2012 semester. Ross, a computer science major who was on leave this semester, had been a member of the Blugold Marching Band in 2009 and 2010 as a trombone player. He also was a member of the music and theatre arts department's trombone ensemble. We will miss the contributions they made as talented members of our university community.

Immediately following the noon-hour bells on Thursday, October 11, 2012, the university carillon will play in memory of Jacob and Ross.

Additional emails will follow with information about funeral arrangements as those details become available.

Students, faculty and staff in need of emergency or urgent counseling assistance are encouraged to contact Northwest Connections Crisis Line at 888-552-6642, Emergency 9-1-1, Great Rivers 2-1-1, or your resident assistant or hall director. I also encourage students to contact Counseling Services during regular business hours by calling 715-836-5521 or stopping by Old Library 2122. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program counselor in Counseling Services.

Please join me in continuing to keep these students and their loved ones in your thoughts in the aftermath of this tragic event.


Brian Carlisle
Dean of Students
UW-Eau Claire

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