Winthrop University officials confirmed Friday that a longtime Associate Professor of English and a student have died in separate incidents.
Scott Ely, a longtime professor, novelist and writer died Thursday. Ely was 61. Ely joined Winthrop’s faculity in 1987 and raised two daughters with his wife, Susan Ludvigson, a fellow Winthrop professor, spliting their time between the family’s Rock Hill home and a home in France.
“While at Winthrop, Scott’s own writing success both guided and inspired his students, particularly those pursuing a specialization in creative writing,” said former English Department Chair and current Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Debra Boyd in a message to the campus. “Please keep Scott’s family in your thoughts.”
Also Friday, university spokeswoman Judy Longshaw confirmed student Abigal “Abby” Carroll, of Wahalla, S.C. died as well Thursday. Carroll was 21.
“Abby was truly our best and brightest who enriched our campus in so many ways while we were blessed to have her with us,” said Vice President for Student Life Frank Ardaiolo.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Davenport Funeral Home, 311 South Hwy 11 in West Union, S.C. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
An open house for faculty, staff, students and friends of Ely will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 330 Marion Street in Rock Hill.