USC Upstate Mourns Loss of Student

July 5, 2015 at 5:45 pm

It is with great sadness that USC Upstate shares with its campus community the passing of Odell Gaither, 21, of Lugoff, SC. Odell was a junior majoring in physical education and a member of SAE fraternity. He drowned while swimming at Lake Hartwell over the July 4th holiday.

“Odell was a fine young man. He loved USC Upstate, his fraternity, and being a PETE (physical education – teacher education) major,” said Dr. James Kamla, assistant professor of physical education – teacher education at USC Upstate.

USC Upstate’s thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with Odell Gaither’s family, friends and fraternity members during this extremely difficult time.

As details of funeral arrangements become available, they will be shared with the campus community.

USC Upstate Counseling Services is available for any who may need assistance.