University of South Alabama professor dies from coronavirus

By: Ebonee Burrell | Editor in Chief

On Tuesday morning, University of South Alabama Professor Dr. Brian Axsmith died from Covid-19.

Photo courtesy of Axsmith’s family.

USA Chemistry Facebook page posted about his passing on Wednesday afternoon. This is what they had to say:

“Dear Friends:

We have received the sad news Dr. Brian Axsmith died early this morning from Covid-19.

Dr. Sherman had this to say about Dr. Axsmith’s passing:

‘Brian was more than a wonderful colleague, he was a dear friend. I will remember fondly the many conversations we shared about music, history, politics, and science. I will miss his wry sense of humor and easy-going manner. It’s hard for me to believe that he has gone. Truly a loss for our department, the college, and the university.

Take care of yourselves and stay well,


Please take care of each other and be well.”

Dr. Axsmith taught in the Biology Department at South. His family set up a GoFundMe account to help with the final expenses for their unexpected loss.

Heather Maurer remembered him as a great professor and friend. 

“I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Axsmith as my Ecology and Evolution professor in 2017. He had a passion for evolution and paleobotany that reflected in his teaching,” Maurer said. “He inspired his students to think critically about the world and appreciate the diversity of life around us. Dr. Axsmith made a lasting impression on those had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be greatly missed.”