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University of Iowa student, a former Cedar Rapids wrestler, dies

Few details released about Jeff Vipond's passing

The Pentacrest on the campus of the University of Iowa including the Old Capitol Building (center), Macbride Hall (top left), Jessup Hall (bottom left), Schaeffer Hall (top right), and MacLean Hall (bottom right) in an aerial photograph. (The Gazette/file photo)
The Pentacrest on the campus of the University of Iowa including the Old Capitol Building (center), Macbride Hall (top left), Jessup Hall (bottom left), Schaeffer Hall (top right), and MacLean Hall (bottom right) in an aerial photograph. (The Gazette/file photo)

IOWA CITY — A senior University of Iowa enterprise leadership major died Monday, according to an email sent Tuesday to the UI campus community.

The message did not disclose details of Jeff Vipond’s death and said an obituary was not available at this time.

“I am saddened to inform you of the loss of a student from the Hawkeye family,” said a campus message from Angie Reams, associate vice president and dean of students. “We offer our deepest condolences to Jeff’s family, friends, and loved ones.”

A Jeff Vipond who identified himself as an enterprise leadership student at Iowa on LinkedIn.com reported having attended Cedar Rapids Xavier High School from 2012 to 2016. He was captain of the Xavier wrestling team for two years.

The Gazette in 2015 reported Vipond had recorded the 100th win of his high school wrestling career — making him the fourth wrestler to achieve that mark at that time.

Reams, in the email, listed resources for students seeking support in the wake of Vipond’s death — including UI Counseling Service at (319) 335-7294 or at https://counseling.uiowa.edu/services/appointments/.

Staff and faculty members needing support can contact Faculty and Staff Services Employee Assistance Program at (319) 335-2085 or eaphelp@uiowa.edu. They also can call CommUnity’s (formerly Johnson County Crisis Center) 24-hour crisis line at (319) 351-0140.

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Additional resources can be found on the university’s safety and support website: http://www.uiowa.edu/homepage/safety-and-support.

Comments: (319) 339-3158; vanessa.miller@thegazette.com

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