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Indiana Professor Drowns In Michigan Lake

Last updated on Thursday, July 5, 2012

(MISHAWAKA) - Students and staff at northern Indiana’s Bethel College are mourning the death of a professor who drowned during a fishing trip to Michigan.

Eugene Carpenter drowned Monday after police said the 69-year-old South Bend man swam into southern Michigan's Kirk Lake to try to retrieve a boat that drifted into the lake as he was launching it.

The South Bend Tribune reports Carpenter was a professor of Old Testament and a scholar-in-residence at the Mishawaka college, where he taught for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, Joyce D. Carpenter.

Bethel President Steven R. Cramer compared Carpenter to a giant oak tree, saying the college community "will greatly miss the shade of his influence in our lives."

Carpenter's funeral will be Saturday at the college's Everest/Rohrer Auditorium.

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