Did a Moldy Building Kill These Four Professors?

 

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July 23, 2015

In a multi-part series, the New Orleans Times-Picayune covered the deaths of four Southern University New Orleans professors, all of whom had had offices on the same floor of a building commonly known to have an obvious mold problem.

The building was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and then re-opened in 2008, apparently without proper remediation.

The professors who died were Sudipta Das, Felix James, Guillarne Leary, and Marina Dumas-Haynes.

They all had spent several years working on the second floor of the Multipurpose Classroom Building at SUNO, a historically black college.

They and many of the other individuals who worked in the building had complained of coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, nausea and migraines.

Despite numerous complaints to university officials about the mold and dust in the building, it remained open.

The four professors all died in early 2014. The official causes of death were pulmonary embolisms, heart disease and breast cancer.

The story was written by Jed Lipinski and ran on July 22, 2015.

 

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Mold growth in the Multipurpose Classroom Building at Southern University New Orleans subsequent to Hurricane Katrina.