CSULB instructor found dead in classroom

A Long Beach State lecturer died in his classroom in Engineering 3 sometime during the morning of Oct. 17, University Police Department Capt. John Brockie confirmed Monday. 

The individual has been identified as Vahe Kludjian, lecturer of civil engineering and construction management

Brockie said that Kludjian appeared to die as a result of natural causes and that there is no evidence at this time of “foul play.”

Kludjian was found by another faculty member, Brockie said, and was already deceased by the time Long Beach Fire Department and law enforcement officers arrived on the scene Saturday morning.

According to Brockie, Kludjian was scheduled to teach a lab class on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 17. 

Working at the Beach since 2005, Kludjian worked with the American Society of Civil Engineers student competition team. He was often seen on campus helping the team before competitions. 

Madalyn Amato, editor in chief, and Jacob Powers, sports editor, contributed to this article. This story was updated on Nov. 5 to correct information regarding Kludjian’s passing. 


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    Jennifer Prause

    Heartbreaking news 🙁 Vahe always went above and beyond to help anyone who asked. Such a great loss for CSULB. My most sincere condolences to his family, friends, students and coworkers.

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    Katie Harrel

    He was a great teacher! Always welcomed us and taught us outside of class hours whenever we asked. He will be missed

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    Why was the instructor not made Full -Time?

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    So sad. My deepest sympathy to the family & his students at CSULB. He will be missed

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