Archive for Tuesday, February 14, 2006

KU student suffers fatal seizure

February 14, 2006


A Kansas University honors student died Sunday night after apparently suffering a seizure and collapsing in the hallway of an on-campus residence hall.

He was identified as Andrew Rotman, 19, a sophomore from Cawker City majoring in physics.

KU Public Safety officers were called to Templin Hall at 8:27 p.m. to a report of a resident having a seizure on the fifth floor, said Capt. Mark Witt, a department spokesman. Officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Rotman, and he was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, but no official cause of death had been released by the end of the day.

Rotman was a sophomore, although he was in his first year at KU. He was a 2005 graduate of Lakeside High School and a recipient of KU's Summerfield Scholarship, given to students graduating from Kansas high schools to recognize outstanding academic achievement, community service and leadership.

Andrew Rotman

Andrew Rotman

Rotman also was an officer in the KU Association of University Residence Halls. Counselors from KU's Counseling and Psychological Services sent grief counselors to meet with Templin residents.

"The sudden loss of such a bright young man who was filled with promise and who had already begun an active college career in the short time he was at KU fills us with great sadness," Chancellor Robert Hemenway said in a prepared statement. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."


along 12 years, 1 month ago

Drew, as we knew him, was a very wonderful young person, extremely active in his church, community, school and with his friends and family. One of the attributes I always noticed was how polite he was to the parents of his friends and how he would always stop to visit with adults. The Lakeside High School communities of Cawker City, Downs, Glen Elder and Tipton are suffering but we know we will never forget him for all the fun times we had with him and for being fortunate enough to have enjoyed watching a young man truly touch so many lives in such a short period of time. Gods speed, Drew.

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