38-year-old OU professor found dead inside home

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NORMAN, Okla. — Owen Kulemeka, 38, was found deceased in his Norman apartment on Tuesday, June 30.

Officials say there were signs of complications from heat stroke. Authorities have not released further information regarding the circumstances of his death.

Kulemeka was a public relations and strategic communications professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

His body was found by his colleagues, Professor Jaime Loke and Gaylord Director of Finance Heather Todd, when they went to check on him after multiple unanswered calls, according to a press release from Gaylord College.

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Kulemeka was teaching a summer course in Public Relations, and was scheduled to teach Intro to Public Relations and Crisis Communications for the fall semester.

He was very well-liked by his students, as he was named Most Inspiring Faculty by Sooner Student Athletes in April 2014.

According to LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, Kulemeka long studied public relations and marketing before he joined OU faculty in May 2011 as an assistant professor.

“He was a true educator and one of Gaylord’s gems,” Public relations junior and Daily photographer Emma Hyde said. “Lucky for me, I made the decision to take Owen’s class at the beginning of this summer. I have to believe it was fate that I took the last class Owen taught, because without his excess amounts of inspiration he unloaded on us everyday, I wouldn’t be able to say I learned from the best.”

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