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Dining manager who worked at University of Maryland for 30 years dies from coronavirus

A 30-year employee of the University of Maryland, College Park died Thursday from complications from the coronavirus, the first death at the state’s flagship university caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

A dining manager for the past 13 years, Luckmann Simon was beloved by his campus colleagues and friends, University President Wallace D. Loh wrote in an email to students, faculty and staff.

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“On behalf of the University, I offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Marie Lourdes, and to his entire family," the university president wrote. "And to those who knew and worked with Mr. Simon, may your memories of him bring you peace and strength.”

Reached by phone, Simon’s wife said she was not immediately available Friday morning.

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Simon had not been on campus since March 23 and did not have contact with or serve food to the last remaining students on campus, Loh wrote.

“Because it has been more than 14 days since he was last here, health officials informed us that there is no risk of infection to anyone who has been on campus,” Loh wrote.

The university president urged the community to comfort each other “in our grief and fears, even though we must remain physically distant from each other at the same time.”

“We are connected as fellow human beings," he wrote. "No pathogen is going to make us strangers to each other. Together, we will make it through.”

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