| March 30, 2011

From President Stroble to the Webster University community:

It is with great sadness that I must inform you we have learned that Thomas Carter Flueckiger, a Webster University Conservatory freshman and lighting design major from Ft. Wayne, Ind., lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Monday, March 28. Thomas was diagnosed with the disease in February and had returned home for treatment.

Thomas’ mother told Dottie Marshall Englis, chair of the Conservatory’s Department of Theatre and Dance, that he was the happiest he’s ever been in his life during his time as a Conservatory student at Webster. His parents have set up the Thomas C. Flueckiger Fund at Webster to honor their son’s memory. Donations may be made to the fund in care of the Office of Alumni and Development Programs, 470 E. Lockwood, St. Louis, MO 63119.

The visitation and funeral service will be held Thursday, March 31, at the D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home-Covington Knolls, 8325 Covington Rd., in Ft. Wayne, Ind. 46804 (260-426-9494). The visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., immediately followed by the funeral service at 6 p.m. A memorial service for Thomas will be held on campus later in April. We will let you know when those arrangements have been finalized.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Flueckiger family, their loved ones and the members of the University community who knew, worked and studied with Thomas. Counselors and staff from Student Affairs have visited with residents of West Hall, where Thomas lived, and with the Conservatory’s freshman class.

Peter Sargent, dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, said, “It is amazing the impact Thomas had on his classmates and members of the Conservatory program. He excelled in all that he did and was, easily, a leader in his class. He had a positive and effective sense of humor in all that he did.” According to Englis, students said Thomas was always smiling. “It’s so hard to lose that positive spirit,” she said. “We all feel so deprived to have lost him. We were looking forward to watching his talent grow. He was one of those people you just knew was going to go far.”

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble

Category: St. Louis Campus News, Student Affairs and News, Webster News

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  1. Graciela N.V.Corvalan says:

    Dear Dottie,
    I don’t know the student, but I sent to you (so you could transfer’it to his mother,that I’m very sorry about the death of her son, Since I’m a mother, I can understand the sorrow and pain.
    See you soon. With love,
    Gracieal N.V. Corvalan