UT public affairs professor dies in plane crash


Public affairs associate professor Shama Gamkhar died in a plane crash on Sunday, according to a posting on the Lyndon B. Johnson school's website.

Gamkhar, an expert in environmental economic policy, was 54 years old. According to the Austin American-Statesman, her husband died in the same crash of the single-engine plane. The two were the only ones on board. Memorial services are still to be announced, according to the LBJ school's website

"We have lost a beloved colleague, devoted teacher and wonderful friend, whose memory and example we will carry with us,” LBJ dean Robert Hutchings said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to Shama and Sid's family and friends.”

Gamkhar started working at UT in 1996 as an associate professor. According to UT's course schedules, Gamkhar was scheduled to teach "Energy Issues: Climate Change" this fall. The school has opened a memorial page, where faculty and students can share their thoughts. 

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