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Brown mourns death of adjunct lecturer

September 23, 2011

Kolajo Afolabi was just 31-years-old when he went out for a jog and never came home. His family reported him missing on Wednesday, but he was later found dead, possibly from a head injury.

Afolabi was teaching as an adjunct lecturer at the Brown School of Education, and was himself a member of the Brown class of 2003.

A statement from the university details some of Afolabi’s academic accomplishments.

Kolajo was a 2003 graduate of Brown who earned special academic honors for his studies in public policy and American institutions.  During his time at Brown, he was an active member of the community, serving as a student peer leader for diversity issues.  He was known during his time as a student and since graduation for his warmth, humor and commitment to the Brown community. By all accounts, he was very enthusiastic about the opportunity to return to Brown to teach.

A student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Kolajo anticipated completing his Ed.D. in 2013, with a concentration in higher education.  Clearly gifted in his field, he received numerous honors and awards, including the Harvard Harold A. Berry Scholarship, the Harvard University Presidential Fellowship, the Education Pioneers Fellowship, and the Taubman Center’s Frederick Lippitt Prize.

Brown officials say they will be offering counseling to students and faculty who knew Afolabi.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and to all those who knew him as a classmate, teacher and colleague,” said Dean of Faculty Kevin McLaughlin in a written statement.

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