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Former UD dean killed in South Carolina. Photo by University of North Dakota.

A former University of Delaware administrator died tragically Friday when he was shot and killed by a robber, according to authorities.

Tom DiLorenzo, 63, was dean of UD’s College of Arts and Sciences from 1999 to 2001. 

He was walking in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, Suzanne Austin, the College of Charleston’s new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. 

About 6:15 a.m., two males demanded money, and one shot DiLorenzo. Austin was not injured.

 

Charleston police have charged two males, age 15 and 16, with murder and attempted armed robbery. One is also charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The teens fled with a third male.

South Carolina allows for a child of any age to be tried as an adult for murder, but such a move requires evaluations of the accused and a Family Court hearing, the Post and Courier of Charleston reported.

“This is a heinous, senseless, terrible crime,” Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds told the paper. 

 

DiLorenzo earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from West Virginia University, according to a biography prepared for the International Legislators Forum.

His academic career included jobs at the University of Missouri at Columbia, UD, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of North Dakota. Austin also worked for UD in the Provost’s office. 

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