The Creighton community is mourning the loss of Mark Kaipust, assistant professor in Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and his son, Taylor, who were killed in a car accident Saturday morning.
Kaipust and his son were the two fatalities among multiple injuries caused by a multi-car crash on I-80 Westbound. A semi driver was arrested and charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide, according to WOWT.
Evan Robinson, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, announced Kaipust’s passing to the staff and faculty of the college in an email Saturday night.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Mark Kaipust,” Robinson said. “We learned of his passing along with one of his sons earlier this evening due to a car accident. Our immediate thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s wife Jamie, their two sons, and all of his extended family. As a community, we will do all we can to support them during this difficult time.”
Others reflected on their experiences with Kaipust and the impact he had on the community.
“He had a large presence that was both powerful and humble at the same time. Like so many who are focused on caring for others, it was a blessing to know Mark and have him as part of our lives and community,” Kevin Powers, senior academic success consultant, said.
Students also contemplated and celebrated their time with Kaipust.
“He brought such a light and love into every room he walked into,” McKenna Mumaw, a junior in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, said. “We are all better people and will grow to be better future practitioners because we were blessed with the presence of Dr. Kaipust in our lives.”
“[Kaipust] humored us often with ‘dad jokes,’” Natalie Fober, a junior in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, said. “He had a fatherly warmth in the way he offered advice and comfort in times of stress. I can hear him saying “trust the process” in my head, as he frequently used this phrase. He was a beloved professor, who made an impact on all of the OT students here at Creighton.”
No details for a funeral or service have been announced to the public; however, friends of Kaipust have set up a GoFundMe to assist in financially supporting the family.