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Aug 27th 2006

comair flight 5191 – lexington, ky

university of kentucky president lee todd, in an email to students, provides a few brief biographies of lives lost in today’s tragedy:

Our extended UK family – like many others in Lexington and in Kentucky — suffered a tremendous loss Sunday morning with the crash of Flight 5191.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all those who lost their lives this morning. That profound sense of loss is being particularly felt by our larger UK family as three of our own were on Flight 5191.

Larry Turner was Associate Dean for Extension and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service. Larry began his extension career at UK in 1978. Much of his life revolved around farming and agriculture. A native of Rising Sun, Ind., Larry grew up on a family farm. But his love for – and commitment to – his adopted state ran deep.

Since 2002, he has been the chief officer overseeing the University of
Kentucky extension service, which has offices in each of the state’s 120
counties. Larry oversaw the work of more than 1,000 people, but he
undoubtedly touched countless lives with his deep integrity, commitment
and gentle nature. He often said the extension service could be
described in three words – people, programs and partnerships.

Today, we have lost one of our best partners.

Jon Hooker and Scarlett Parsley Hooker were just married. They were
leaving Lexington for their honeymoon. Jon was a former UK baseball
player. Scarlett was a graduate student in our College of Health
Sciences. They were adored by their family and friends, here at UK and

Together, they held all the promise that youth and love carry, which
makes their loss to us even more tragic.

There are, of course, no easy answers when such a tragedy occurs. The
loss is beyond our ability to grasp or comprehend. And there are no
words adequate to express the sense of sadness we feel at this time. The
book of Isaiah promises that God will bind up the brokenhearted … to
comfort all who mourn. That is our humble prayer as we seek to comfort
those in the UK family and in Lexington who are grieving today.

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