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Dear Tech Family,
Good Wednesday morning.
This past weekend, Louisiana Tech University lost one of its most dedicated servants, Dr. Virgil Orr.
Dr. Orr served as a professor, dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Tech. He was a mentor to so many, including me.
A transformative leader for Louisiana Tech, Dr. Orr positively impacted so many lives across our campus, and he continued his service and commitment to our institution and community long after retirement. When the Tenets of Tech were formally recognized about two decades ago, many of us knew that Dr. Orr’s many years of loyal service, commitment and leadership played a major role in shaping those tenets that define Tech’s culture.
Today, Dr. Orr’s legacy lives through his wife, Mrs. Myrtis Orr, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Many of them have continued his legacy at Louisiana Tech through their scholarship and service, and we mourn the loss of Dr. Orr with them.
Dr. Orr’s funeral services will be held today in Ruston, and I hope you join me in lifting up his family and friends as they remember him.
Yesterday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced changes in the state’s COVID-19-related mandates. We will spend time today reviewing the updated proclamation to determine what impacts it makes on our University’s health and safety guidelines.
We will communicate any changes as soon as we are able. Please remember that the updated mandate does not remove the mask requirement for universities and colleges in Louisiana. Louisiana Tech will continue to require masks indoors and when distancing cannot be maintained outdoors.
Remember to maintain distance, and keep following our other health and safety guidelines to keep our friends and neighbors healthy!