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A former University of Delaware administrator died Friday in Charleston, South Carolina after being shot during an attempted robbery, according to Charleston Police.
Tom DiLorenzo, who served as dean of UD's College of Arts and Sciences from 1999 to 2001, retired from another university only weeks before he was killed at age 63. He and his wife, Suzanne Austin, moved to Charleston on July 1.
Colleagues remember DiLorenzo as a hard-working man who loved his family. Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds, speaking to the Post and Courier, described the nature of his death as "heinous" and "senseless."
News of this tragic loss is reverberating through our college as Tom worked closely with so many," said John Pelesko, dean of UD's College of Arts and Sciences. "During his tenure at UD, Tom contributed greatly to our college, providing leadership in both the Dean's Office and in the Department of
Psychological and Brain Sciences. Our condolences are with his wife and family."
About 6:15 a.m. Friday, DiLorenzo and Austin were walking downtown when two juveniles approached them, police said. One had a gun and demanded money, police said.
Police said he shot DiLorenzo, who later died at a local hospital. Austin was not injured.
Most recently, DiLorenzo spent seven years as the provost and vice president at the University of North Dakota, a post he retired from in June, according to an obituary.
"With his superhuman work ethic, Tom gave his heart and soul to the University up until his very last day at UND," UND President Andy Armacost said in a statement, adding that DiLorenzo recently led the university's COVID-19 response. "Tom did all that was asked of him and then more. It was the kind of person he was."
Prior, he worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham alongside his wife, who only recently left the university to become the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the College of Charleston.
The couple met at the University of Delaware, according to the obituary. DiLorenzo, who held a doctorate in clinical psychology from West Virginia University, stayed at UD until 2010 as the chair of the Department of Psychology after he was ousted as dean, according to the obituary.
"Tom was known in higher education circles for his servant leadership with an eye toward the bedrock principles of shared governance with faculty, staff and students," the obituary reads. "He was a true advocate for and a steward of the institutions he served. He provided clear-eyed guidance for his universities in a multitude of issues, including affordability, access, state funding, diversity and inclusion, free expression of speech on campus and economic development at the local, state and national levels."
"We are greatly saddened to hear the news regarding our former colleague Tom DiLorenzo, and we extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Suzanne Austin, and other members of his family," UD Provost Robin Morgan said in a statement.
DiLorenzo is survived by his wife; her daughter, Lilla Alchon; his son Nathan DiLorenzo and grandchild Brooklyn; and his daughter, Kendall Wagner and grandchildren Keegan and Harper of Newark.
Charleston Police on Friday night arrested two boys, ages 15 and 16. They are both charged with murder and attempted armed robbery. One is also charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime.