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IU Accounting Professor’s Death Mourned By Students, Staff

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Photo: Zhe Huang / WFIU-WTIU News

Students bow their heads during a moment of silence Monday after learning of Kelley School professor Susan Keenan's death.

Students and faculty at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business spent Monday mourning the loss of a Kelley professor who died Friday. Susan Keenan, 51, survived a fall from a Bloomington parking garage at 7th Street and College Avenue but died in an Indianapolis hospital hours later.

The Bloomington Police Department says witnesses reported Keenan jumped from the fourth floor of the parking garage. No foul play is suspected.

Dean Dan Smith spoke to several of Susan Keenan’s classes, reminding students – many of whom bowed their heads during a moment of silence in her honor – of Keenan’s sunny disposition.

Idalene Kesner, Kelley’s Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, knew Keenan for 15 years and says she cared about her students.

“Susan was a wonderful instructor. She taught some of our largest classes but somehow found a way to connect to her students,” Kesner says. “She took the time to learn their names. She took the time to learn what their interests were, and make sure that they got whatever assistance would help to meet the need in the class.”

Senior Peter Shen took Keenan’s accounting class two years ago. He says his former professor appeared to be well-liked.

“She was a good teacher and lot of people enjoyed her class. And her class was really, you know, vivid,” Shen says.

Another professor has been appointed to take over the classes Keenan was teaching this semester. Campus counselors have been made available to staff and students.

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