Bristow memorial service set for Friday

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 19, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; A public memorial service will be held Friday morning for Alcorn State University President Clinton Bristow Jr., who was found dead on a track Saturday night on the Lorman campus.

According to Director of University Relation, Christopher Cason, the state medical examiner issued his autopsy report Tuesday afternoon determining that the cause of death was heart failure.

Bristow, 57, apparently collapsed and died while jogging on the university&8217;s track Saturday night. Two students found Bristow on track later that night and contacted campus security. Efforts to revive him failed.

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A viewing of Bristow&8217;s body is planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Oakland Memorial Chapel on the Alcorn campus, the university said.

The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the David L. Whitney Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex on the campus.

A moment of silence to remember Bristow was held Tuesday evening at the end of the Natchez Board of Aldermen meeting.

&8220;It is rare to find a person with so many qualities. He had a vision. He was committed. He had intellect. He was articulate and he had personality,&8221; Mayor Phillip West said.

&8220;All of those characteristics were surrounded by class.&8221;

Aldermen Theodore &8220;Bubber&8221; West, who served on the presidential search committee in 1995 admired Bristow&8217;s leadership abilities.

&8220;He was able to to transform the Reservation into the Academic Resort,&8221; Bubber West said.

Alderman Ricky Gray said he also saw something special in Bristow when he first met the president.

&8220;He had city, county, Co-Lin &8212; all of us &8212; working together,&8221; Gray said.