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UI Prof’s Suicide Leaves Questions

On his last day as a University of Idaho law professor, Alan Fitzgerald Williams (pictured in Lewiston Tribune photo) went into a friend's garage in Gig Harbor, Wash., tied one end of a rope around a pull-up bar, tied the other end around his neck, and hanged himself. Williams did not leave a note, but his decision to end his life on Dec. 30 may have been related to the imminent loss of his job, according to the Pierce County (Wash.) Sheriff's Office. The university had been investigating sexual harassment allegations at least two female students made against him, according to a Moscow police report. … The university would not comment directly on its investigation into Williams. But whatever actions it took unfolded in a new policy landscape that emerged after a UI psychology professor gunned down a graduate student in 2011/Joel Mills, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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