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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