EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon honored a former dean and music professor who was murdered last month.
A celebration of life was held Saturday afternoon for 71-year-old Anne McLucas with a symposium she organized before she died. McLucas and her longtime partner Jim Gillette were allegedly killed by Gillette’s son, Johan, in September.
Colleagues and students described McLucas as a kind and vibrant soul, who touched many lives.
“Something I feel so sorry for is all the young students who will never get to see her bright mind, her incredible intellect, her quick thinking,” said graduate student Susanne Scheiblhofer.
The symposium was followed by a memorial service at Beall Concert Hall. The alleged murderer is in jail and could face the death penalty.