Beloved professor passed away


In an email sent to students, faculty and staff earlier today, president Bryan Casey announced the tragic passing of DePauw professor of art and art history, Catherin Fruhan. She passed away suddenly on campus. She was 67 years old.

A beloved member of the DePauw community for 31 years, she has touched the minds and hearts of many DePauw students, faculty and staff.

Fruhan has taught at DePauw since 1984. She earned her B.A. in History of Art form the Connecticut College for Woman and went to study in Italy at the University of Florence. She received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Fruhan came to DePauw in 1984 after teaching at the College of Wootser. In 2004 she was presented with the Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Tucker Jr. Distinguished Career Award. In 2010-11, she was a recipient of the Exemplary Teacher Award that was given jointly by DePauw and the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church to recognize faculty members who exemplify excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education, and service to students, the institution and the community.

The DePauw will post more information as it becomes available and information will be available on the university website. The Office of Student life will offer support for students, faculty and staff who seek help during this time.

The DePauw sends its deepest condolences to Fruhan’s family and friends during this difficult time.