No-show professor had excuse: He died in April

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 11:24 AM
No-show professor had excuse: He died in April

University of Pennsylvania students who were puzzled by a no-show professor later found out why he missed the first day of class: He died months ago.

The students were waiting for Henry Teune (TOO'-nee) to teach a political science class at the Ivy League school in Philadelphia on Sept. 13.

University officials say that about an hour after the class's start time, an administrator notified students by email that Teune had died. The email apologized for not having canceled the class.

Penn junior Mallika Vinekar was among those who waited. She tells the student newspaper The Daily Pennsylvanian that they just figured he was late.

Teune died in April at the age of 75.

The story was first reported Monday by the Penn student blog Under the Button.