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University of Rochester graduate among victims in limo crash

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One of the 20 victims in the limousine crash over the weekend is a SUNY Oswego professor, with connections to Rochester.

Brian Hough graduated from the University of Rochester with a PhD in 2011.

He was a geology professor at SUNY Oswego. Hough was one of two people killed outside the limo that crashed in Schohaire on Saturday.

He was not a passenger in the limo. Eighteen others inside the limo, including the driver, were killed. 

Hough first started as a visiting professor at SUNY Oswego in 2016 before becoming a full time assistant professor in the geology department, the school tells our sister station in Syracuse.

SUNY Oswego issued the following statement:

The campus community is deeply saddened by the death of Brian Hough, an assistant professor of geology, who passed away as a result of an accident on Saturday.

A valued colleague and dedicated teacher, he first arrived on campus in 2016 as a visiting professor. Hough was a scholar who specialized in the interactions of tectonics and climate and paleoelevation. He taught courses in stratigraphy, oceanography, historical geology, and paleontology.

He earned his PhD from the University of Rochester, master’s degree from Idaho State University, and bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University.

“In a short time, Brian became a major part of our campus family,” said President Deborah F. Stanley. “He was a dedicated faculty member who inspired his students to learn and understand at a deep level, and whose contributions were often sought by his colleagues. He will be missed and remembered fondly by all, always.”

Our condolences go out to Brian’s family, friends, colleagues and his students during this difficult time. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Counseling Services will be available this week from 9 a.m. – noon, and 1-3:30 p.m., in 113 Walker Health Center.

The regularly scheduled Let’s Talk sessions (drop-in counseling) will also be held on Monday evening in the Lakeside Resource Room from 3-4 p.m., Seneca Hall from 4-5:30 p.m., Cayuga Hall from 5:30-7 p.m., and the Village from 7-8:30 p.m.  

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