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A&M professor dies after jumping from parking garage

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 17:01



James Aune, left

Communication department head and professor, James Aune, was pronounced dead after jumping from the Northside Parking Garage located along University Drive on Tuesday morning.

According to officials, Aune was found at approximately 10:30 a.m. Other details of his death have yet to be released. Lt. Allan Baron of UPD said foul play was not suspected.

After coming to A&M in 1996 as an associate professor, Aune became the department head of communication in 2011. According to the department’s website, he was a noted author of several books for which he was awarded the 2003 National Communication Association Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

“It really is a loss for us all, especially the University,” Kurt Ritter, professor emeritus of communication said.

There have been no announcements regarding who will take over his spring classes.

Details regarding a memorial service for Aune have yet to be released. The Department of Communication is posting updates about details on their website:


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