Louisiana Tech officials talk about impact student left on campus who died of COVID-19 complications

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UPDATE (8/5/20)– Tragedy strikes close to home on an area college campus as a student lost the fight to COVID-19 on Friday. David Lemaire was set to begin his sophomore year at Louisiana Tech University as a chemistry major. The Academic Director of Chemistry and Physics says the department was saddened and shocked by the news.

“To me, it’s a loss to everyone. This is a young person who could have potentially made a great contribution to science and we’ll never have that now,” said Dr. Lee sawyer, Academic Director of Chemistry and Physics at Louisiana Tech University.

Louisiana Tech President, Les Guice, said: “David was a special young man who had a positive impact on many people on our campus and in the Ruston community.” David’s professors agreeing, saying he was an excellent student who strived for greatness and wanted to leave a difference in the world.

“He wanted to do what we call medicinal chemistry, which really looks at the development of new medicines and new drug delivery techniques,” said Dr. Sawyer.

His father, Mark David Lemaire, posted on Facebook about “who” David was. It reads in part, “Although we thought we knew everything about David and his life, we learned through repeated testimonies about the depth of his faith and his unconditional love for others.”

Though David won’t be sitting in on classes next semester, Dr. Sawyer says his death will have a ripple effect through students and teachers on campus…even those who didn’t know him.

“It’s going to have the effect of really bringing home to our students that this is a danger to everyone,” said Dr. Sawyer.

David’s father confirmed his death on Facebook by quoting a bible verse and saying, “David is finally healed and made whole again and is now with our lord and savior.”


RUSTON, La. — According to news sources, a 19-year-old Louisiana Tech University student has reportedly passed away following complications related to COVID-19.

The student was identified as David Lemaire, who was set to begin his sophomore year at Tech as a chemistry major.

Lemaire reportedly suffered from asthma and was hopsitalized in south Louisiana since early July.

Lemaire’s father made a Facebook post on Thursday saying his son was suffering from bleeding in his chest and had to undergo surgery to control the internal bleeding.

The post read “He remains very fragile now as his lungs recover and he continues ECMO.”

ECMO is extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is a therapy treatment that will add oxygen to the blood and helps pump it throughout the body. The treatment is external and acts as an external heart of sorts.

The post ended with a picture of David Lemaire confirming his sons death and ended with a scripture quote “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.”

Lemaire’s father said “David is finally healed and made whole again and is now with our Lord and Savior.”

David’s younger brother Jacob was also reportedly hospitalized and spent time in the ICU before being released and sent home on July 9th.

The Louisiana Tech President Les Guice made an official statement saying “David was a special young man who had a positive impact on many people on our campus and in the the Ruston Community. I thank those on our campus who offered and continue to offer support for David’s family during this difficult time.”

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