Campus News

University mourns student’s death

Sadness and concern swept across campus last week, stemming from the death of first-year student Lewis Rockwell Fish.

Fish, a 19-year-old from Atlanta, died early Jan. 22 in his Russell Hall room. Officials do not suspect foul play, but believe alcohol was involved, says UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson.

According to police, Fish and a friend spent the night drinking at various locations, ending up in Fish’s residence hall room in the early morning hours. After sleeping briefly, the friend woke up, saw Fish needed assistance and called for help, Williamson said. 

Officers have obtained search warrants for Fish’s car and a residence where Fish spent part of his last evening. 

Williamson says he will release more details after autopsy and toxicology reports are completed, which he expects to happen soon.

A funeral service for Fish was held Jan. 25 at an Atlanta church. 

The death prompted UGA President Michael F. Adams to meet with student leaders Jan. 25 to discuss ways to curb alcohol and drug abuse among students.