MSU Responds to Murder of Retired Professor


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — “It’s very difficult to lose someone who has made such an impact.” Missouri State University spoke publicly today for the first time about the murder of one of its retired professors, and the teacher who’s charged.

Dr. Marc Cooper  was found dead inside his home Wednesday night. His wife was injured. MSU Professor Edward Gutting is charged with second-degree murder in his death.

Investigators say he walked in Cooper’s back door armed with a knife and stabbed him to death.

The university said today both Gutting and Cooper worked in the history department. But, they noted that there are more than 20 members in that department.

When asked whether Gutting had ever faced disciplinary action at the school,they said “no”.

Member of the university also said they were not aware of any conflicts between Gutting and other members of the school. The Dean of the College of Humanities said today he’s known Dr. Cooper for some time and talked about what he was like to work with.

“He was funny, maybe one way to put it. He was someone who enjoyed life and could laugh at the human foibles. He was someone who was interested in so many different kinds of things,” says Dr. Victor Matthews, Dean of the College of Humanities.

The university also said that it hired Gutting as part of a package deal when it hired his wife who also teaches at the school.

As of today she’s expected to be teaching her classes on Monday.

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