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UM dean dies in house fire

Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, released this statement regarding the death of James Chambers, associate dean for reasearch and graduate programs in the School of Engineering. Chambers, who was also an associate professor of mechanical engineering and senior scientist in the National Center for Physical Acoustics, died in a house fire early this (Sunday) morning, according to Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy.

“The University of Mississippi is shocked and heartbroken to learn about the tragic death of Jim Chambers, the associate dean for research and graduate programs with the School of Engineering. Jim was a respected leader, dedicated teacher and mentor, and accomplished scientist who had tremendous impact in our community. We offer our condolences to Jim’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them. The entire Ole Miss family is here to support Jim’s family during this difficult time.”

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Morris Stocks said, “Not only was Jim a valuable member of our community and a wonderful colleague, to many of us he was a valued and trusted friend. As a community, we extend our deepest condolences to the Chambers family.”

Read Monday’s EAGLE for more details.