A Tragedy and A Legacy Loss in the Tucson, University Community

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: February 25, 2015

As a personal injury law firm, hearing about accidents is common dialogue amongst peers and employees.

However, on the night of February 13, a pedestrian accident resulting in the death of a long time University of Arizona professor was sincerely and painfully felt by a large student and faculty population.

Tucson police say that 70-year-old Sharon Garrison passed away on Saturday morning from injuries incurred from the accident just the night before in a nearby neighborhood off of Speedway and Houghton.

The accident report indicated that Garrison and a friend were strolling on the shoulder of a road, heading southwest when a vehicle heading in the same direction struck the professor nearing a bend in the road.

Garrison, a beloved professor of finance at the Eller College of Business for the last 17 years, will be sorely missed by many of her students and colleagues alike.

“She’s literally irreplaceable,” said Richard Sias, head of the finance department at Eller. “She was a wonderful person…she was just a tremendous colleague and everybody in the college loved her so it’s just a big loss for us.”

Students reflected on Garrison with much admiration and respect as she was well remembered for the impact she made on so many of her pupils.

In fact, student reviews on the online site ratemyprofessors.com showed that Garrison was well-liked by many of her students and received praise for her approach on an often difficult subject such as finance.

Dean Jeff Schatzberg of the Eller College of Management released a statement in which he expressed great shock and sadness on the news of Garrison’s death “She was an exemplary faculty member in the Eller College, and an integral part of our undergraduate finance program.  Her tremendous spirit and dedication will be sorely missed.”

Tucson Police say the driver in the accident remained on scene and was fully cooperative with police. No citations have been issued.

If any of our readers were a student or colleague of Professor Garrison, our sincere condolences.

For our Tucson locals who often travel by foot, please be safe and consider the following safety tips before heading out the door:

  • Try to walk on the sidewalk as opposed to the road
  • Look for a crosswalk and if you see it, use it!
  • If it is dark out, try to walk in a lighted area
  • If you decide to take a run or walk at night, use reflectors
  • Try to avoid walking on busy streets
  • If you can avoid intersections while walking, that is best
  • Try to make eye contact with the driver of the vehicle as you cross the street

*Quotes were referenced from the following article: http://www.jrn.com/kgun9/news/Woman-dies-day-after-pedestrian-collision–292004261.html

Photo Credit: https://www.coe.arizona.edu/

Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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