January 05, 2017

A Tragic Loss to Our Community

The L&C community is mourning the loss of Assistant Professor of Physics Shannon O’Leary and her spouse, Adam Clausen.

The Lewis & Clark community is mourning the heartbreaking news that Assistant Professor of Physics Shannon O’Leary and her spouse, Adam Clausen, died in a car collision on Monday, December 26. Their son survived and was hospitalized with minor injuries. 

Upon hearing the news, an incredible outpouring of love and support is coming from friends all over the world. Many loved ones are lighting two candles (one for each of them) from whatever part of the world they are in.

This “lighting the world ablaze” in honor of Shannon and Adam began on the day of the funeral, December 31 at 3 p.m. 

On Wednesday, January 18, at noon, in the Gregg Pavilion, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Mark Duntley and Counseling Service staff will host an informal gathering for students, faculty, and staff who want to come together and remember Shannon and Adam. 

A celebration of life service will be held in the chapel on January 28 at 2 p.m.  

There is also a remembrance area outside Shannon’s Office in Olin Hall to bring flowers, photos, or just stop and take a moment to remember Shannon and Adam.  

Additionally, the College has a 24-hour counseling service available for students at 503-265-7804. Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 800-433-2320.

If you wish to support their son, a GoFundMe account has been established on his behalf. You can contribute to that initiative here. If you wish to honor Shannon’s life and work with a donation to Lewis & Clark, please contact Director of Annual Giving Stephen LeBoutillier.

[Editor’s update: The College has established the O’Leary Award, to be given in Shannon’s honor each spring in the amount of at least $2,000 to a promising woman in physics or math.] 

See the full story courtesy of The Oregonian.