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UM-Flint remembers professor Stephen Landon

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(07/10/12) - Students and teachers at the University of Michigan-Flint are mourning the loss of 51-year-old Stephen Landon, a theater professor who died Sunday.

Landon was in Rapid City, South Dakota where he was doing design work for the summer term.

The cause of his death isn't known at this time, but the theater department chairperson says Landon did have brain cancer.

He says it had been in remission for more than 10 years.

He was known as a dedicated leader on campus.

Stephen Landon taught theater at UM-Flint for nearly seven years.

The staff at the school said the theater department was like his second home and his memory will live on.

College senior Lauren Faraj met Stephen Landon two years ago when she enrolled into his theater design class.

Faraj kept in touch with her former professor because he taught her how to make her work stand out.

"He was the kind of person that commands a room without having to yell or shout or make a grand entrance. He was very quiet and people gravitated to him and I just can't believe I'm not going to see him again," Faraj said.

Landon helped build props for many productions and was known for his creative way of thinking.

Lauren Friesen, who's the chairman of the department, says Landon was very precise when it came to his job.

"These are shoes you cannot fill and there's no way you can talk about replacing what he meant and did for so many. We may find another person who can fill the job, but as far as replacement, it would take years to do what he achieved," Friesen said.

Landon was supposed to take over Friesen's position as chairman in one year after Friesen retired. Now the department is disappointed that they won't see that happen.

"He was a voice of reason. A wonderful individual who enjoyed life. Appreciated life. He always had time for his students and his friends and his co-workers," said Linda Letts, who was Landon's co-worker.

Funeral arrangements for Landon are not known at this time.

The theater department plans to have a play in October in his honor when the students are back in class.

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