PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - David Shutts left an impression on practically everyone who knew him-including the administration at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Memorials to the 27-year old admissions counselor could be found during the past week throughout campus.
"A man that I thought the world of, a man who I had a great deal of respect for," College Vice-President Dr. Steven Smith recalled Tuesday at a memorial service, "and a man I truly love because he was a kind and generous human being."
Smith credited Shutts with a sharp increase in college recruitment during the current academic year. College President Dr. Chris Gilmer believes he did more than that.
"I've not only talked to them, I've had notes from students and parents who said, 'David is the one who recruited me to the university, he's the first person I knew here, and the person I went back to and counted on when I was a student'. So he was the first person to bring students into the door, and he stuck with him throughout the long haul."
And that's why his sudden loss February 19 has been difficult for everyone..