UPDATED: ECU Professor To Be Buried In Ohio

Funeral arrangements have been announced for an ECU Professor found dead in his office on campus Monday.

Rod Compton will be buried in Newark, Ohio on Monday, February 22, according to his published obituary.

Compton was honored many times in his career, and his obituary lists the following accolades: Pioneer in Athletic Training Award (North Carolina Athletic Trainer's Association, the Sayers J. Miller, Jr. Distinguished Athletic Training Educator Award (National Athletic Trainers' Association) and the award of Appreciation for Service as Editor-In-Chief of Athletic Training, The Journal of the National Athletic Trainers' Association 1972-1979.

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An East Carolina University professor was found dead Monday morning on campus before classes began.

ECU spokesman John Durham says the body of Rod Compton was discovered in the Carol Belk Building, that's where the assistant professor had his office.

Durham says it appears Compton died of natural causes and has had health issues in the past.

Compton had been an ECU for 40 years and taught for the Department of Health Education and Promotion. He was the former director of sports medicine for the Athletics Department

Assistant ECU police chief Dawn Tevepaugh said Compton entered the Carol Belk Building, which housed his office, Friday night. A university cleaning crew found his body Monday morning.

Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, said, “We are all saddened by the loss of our longtime colleague. He was a nice guy who did a good job in the classroom.”

Compton was once married to former television news anchor Linda Shore.


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  • by Joan Fulp Location: California on Mar 8, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    How sad that ECU has lost Rod Compton. He turned the sports medicine program into a top national program when he arrived on the scene. I still remember the old cement block building by the stadium that he transformed into his first training facility in the Spring of 1971. I was a freshman at ECU. So we go back a long way... We only connected once or twice since I have been in California, but Rod was always great about sending out those photo Christmas cards with the entire Sports Medicine Staff and a Santa Hat. My prayers to his family. Every sports medicine program in the country benefited from his dedication to the profession!
  • by Vickie Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 25, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    My heart goes out to his family, his co workers, and his present and former students. I hope ECU will do something very special to honor the memory of someone who was so very special to us and the ECU Pirates. He put ECU Sports Medicine Program on the map and he loved his family, friends, and Pirates. May you rest in peace Rod and thank you for all you did for us.
  • by Edwin Bartlett Location: Greenville NC on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    My first experience speaking at Rod’s epic annual Sports Medicine Conference was a disaster! I was so green and nervous I could barely read from the script I prepared and distributed in the syllabus. After my talk Rod shook my hand, told me I did a great job, and couldn’t wait to have me back next year. If you are going places, you still need good folks to lead you, A fan when you don’t deserve one, and a helping hand to lift you, and give you the opportunity to be better next time. Rod leaves a legacy of leading dedicated healthcare professionals all across this land. Good on you old friend, and go Pirates!
  • by Hopeful on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    Mike and pirategurl - I too, am hoping for an ECU memorial for Rod. Mike - great idea for the No Quarter in his honor. He was a wonderful person and very giving. A great friend. My talks with him will be missed, as well as those emails! Go Pirates!
  • by pirategurl Location: greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    Mike - I totally agree with you. It really shows how concerned and remorseful the University is to our service. My heart goes out to all those that Rod came in contact with. He was a funny guy. When he would come thru the office, he always spoke and had a joke for you (no matter how many times you had heard it previously). And if it was a new joke, you defiantly had to hear it. His commitment, drive, patience, funny wit, will be missed and remembered. Thoughts and prayers to Rod's family, friends, students, ECU/Greenville community as well as all others. Arrrggghh! Go Pirates! (just as Rod would say in all his e-mails, especially those jokes)
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    Looking over that list of accolades, I see no reason why ECU shouldn't publicly honor Rod. He was a true pirate through-and-through and deserves a true pirate memorial. The first raising of the No Quarter flag in 2010 should be to honor Rod. If we can honor big money-givers in front of 50,000 pirates, then let's also honor a top service-giver.
  • by S Dixon Location: Winston Salem on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    Having spent time with Rod in the late 1970's, I appreciated the love he had for his students in the Sports Medicine program and ECU. He was a very special person with a unique personality. I am truly sad that he was alone when he passed away. I met his family on a Christmas trip to Ohio and know that they will miss him terribly. My prayers are with all of you.
  • by greg Location: greenville on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    Just reading these comments brings back great memories of a true friend,mentor,collegue and great athletic training educator.Linda,I am so glad you left those comments!!!Rod,your friends care deeply.Your contributions to all of us are so appreciated.I as well as many others have been and will continue to be positively impacted by having had the opportunity to learn from and share good times with YOU!The words written help express our sadness but the times shared are treasured.Rod,thank you
  • by Jennifer Location: Newark, OH/Greenville, NC on Feb 17, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Rod. As a transplant from Ohio it was nice to see a friendly face from my home town. I've known his family for years and I am sending prayers to them all.
  • by Corey Maier Location: Columbus, Ohio on Feb 16, 2010 at 10:24 PM
    Oh Uncle Rod, I will surely miss you so will your niece Lesley, your brother-in-law John and most importantly your sadly loving sister Barbara. Thank you to all that have shown your love and care for him our family. I personally thank you too Linda, it means a lot and I your doing well Uncle Rod's Nephew Corey Maier
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