By Ryan Johnson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday September 11, 2002
Instead of the six alumni UA believed had perished during the Sept. 11 attacks, there were five.
UA alumnus Michael E. Calhoun died on Sept. 11, 2001, at his home in Texas and not during the attacks.
The Dean of Students Office ÷ which had been planning to toll a bell recovered from the USS Arizona six times in a remembrance ceremony ÷ changed their plans yesterday after an inquiry from the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Now, the bell will ring five times.
The Alumni Office came up with an initial list of eight people and passed it along to Sept. 11 memorial planners in the dean of students office, two of whom were easily eliminated, said Veda Kowalski, associate dean of students.
"We looked at the list of names and asked the Alumni Association to connect with the families," she said, noting the difficulty in getting in touch with them.
The Alumni Association doesn't keep phone numbers of family members.
Kowalski said her office checked lists of the victims from the New York City attacks.
"We didn't find Calhoun's bio as we did the others, which left us with questions as to what to do with him," she said.
Faced with the risk of not including a victim, her office erred toward including him.
"We went in the direction of including him rather than excluding him," she said.
The Alumni Association was not surprised about the error because of the sheer volume of data they collect, said Jay Rochlin, associate director of the Alumni Association.
"It's probably something that just happened," he said.
"We get hundreds of death notices each year. I would imagine that in all the excitement surrounding Sept. 11, someone from one of the other offices would have asked who died on Sept. 11. The people that keep our records aren't reporters."