May 4 , 2007

Loss of Jenkins, Creed, Shakes Samford Community

"... The Samford community suffered two stunning losses in less than a week with the deaths of two beloved members..."

Comfort in Psalm 23The Samford community suffered two stunning losses in less than a week with the deaths of two beloved members. Biology professor Ron Jenkins died April 27 after a long battle with cancer. Caitlin Creed, 19-year-old daughter of university Provost Brad Creed, died in a car accident April 30.

Jenkins, 54, was an award-winning teacher and chair of the Department of Biology from 1992 until 2002, taking a leading role in the design of Samford’s $27 million Sciencenter that opened in 2001.

Jenkins is survived by his wife, Kitty Noordermeer Jenkins; his son, Ben; daughter, Anna-Lea; mother, Helen Jenkins of Atlanta; and sister, Barbara Jenkins Riddle.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Samford Undergraduate Research Program for research in biology, in care of the Department of Biology http://www.samford.edu/schools/artsci/biology/ .

Caitlin Creed died in Texas, where she was a freshman at Baylor University. The Birmingham-area memorial service for Creed is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the Creed family requests memorial gifts to the Caitlin Creed Scholarship fund which will be established at Baylor.

Samford friends and family who wish to offer support for the Creed family—parents Brad and Kathy and siblings Charlie and Carrie Grace—can contact Linda Temple, Administrative Secretary in the Provost’s Office, at (205) 726-2718 or lhtemple@samford.edu.

More Info

Biology Professor's Life Remembered By Many (The Samford Crimson)

Provost's Daughter Dies in Car Accident (The Samford Crimson)