(New Orleans Times-Picayune) Four Southern University at New Orleans professors who died within three months of each other had all worked on the second floor of the Multipurpose Classroom Building. So Cynthia Ramirez found it ironic that SUNO chose to hold a vigil for the dead on the same floor.
Ramirez, a tenured professor of fine arts at SUNO, had her own office in the Multipurpose Building until 2013. That fall, she demanded to be moved, complaining that the building was to blame for her worsening respiratory problems.
But on the morning of the vigil, Feb. 26, 2014, she walked back inside, climbed the atrium stairs and joined a few dozen others to honor the memory of Sudipta Das, 60, Felix James, 76, Guillarne Leary, 72, and Marina Dumas-Haynes, 57.
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