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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Iowa City in Johnson County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

In Memorium

November 1, 1991

November 1, 1991 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2021
1. November 1, 1991 Marker
The University of Iowa remembers the tragedy of November 1, 1991. This memorial is dedicated to those who died and those who were affected by the tragedy; their legacy of caring and distinguished service to the campus community will be remembered forever.

Associate Vice President T. Anne Cleary
Professor Christoph Goertz
Professor Dwight Nicholson
Miya Rodolfo-Sioson
Dr. Linhua Shan
Professor Robert Smith

"We will not only recover, we will become stronger as
we draw together in support of the university we love."

—President Hunter Rawlings, Memorial Service, Nov. 7, 1991

Erected by The University of Iowa.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersEducationNotable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is November 1, 1991.
Location. 41° 39.694′ N, 91° 32.159′ W. Marker is in Iowa City, Iowa, in Johnson County. Marker can be reached from North Clinton Street just north of Iowa Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located
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beside the walkway near the northeast corner of the Old Iowa Capitol Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 North Clinton Street, Iowa City IA 52240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Stone Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Dental Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Schaeffer Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First State University to Admit Women on an Equal Basis with Men (about 400 feet away); Site of World's First Educational Television Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Brick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Writers in a Café (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iowa City.
Also see . . .
1. University of Iowa Shooting.
Gang Lu, a 28-year-old former graduate student at the University of Iowa, killed three members of the Physics and Astronomy Department faculty, an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and a fellow student, then seriously injured another student working at the university's campus, before committing suicide. Rodolfo-Sioson survived but was left paralyzed from the neck down. Lu had intended to kill university president Hunter Rawlings III, but he was attending the Iowa/Ohio State football
Old Iowa Capitol Museum (<i>northeast elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2021
2. Old Iowa Capitol Museum (northeast elevation)
(marker is visible on boulder near bottom right)
game in Columbus, Ohio, at the time. Gang Lu was found in room 203 of Jessup Hall with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Lu died shortly after police arrived.
(Submitted on March 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Nov. 1, 1991: The day a university shooting rampage shocked Iowa.
Today, social scientists see the shocking murders as a precursor to school mass shootings that are more common now — not so much violent sprees by visibly insane individuals as calculated murders by someone who feels aggrieved. Lu, 28, was a brilliant student who had planned the attack for months, jealous that Shan had bettered him to win a department award and upset that he couldn’t find a job after earning his doctorate at UI.
(Submitted on March 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Dec. 11, 2023