Dennis Stauffer — son of Professor Dean Stauffer, associate dean of academic programs, and his wife, Bennie — died in an automobile accident in Asheville, N.C., on Jan. 18, 2012. Dennis’ one-year-old son, Roan, was in the car with him at the time but was not injured as a result of Dennis’ decisive and selfless evasive action at the wheel. Though he was only 32, Dennis had established himself as master drum builder, having crafted instruments for well-known recording artists and local residents alike, and was known internationally as well as in the Asheville music community. He is survived by his wife Brittney, his son Roan, his parents, and his three sisters.

Donations are being accepted to an education fund for Dennis’ son. Make checks payable to “Roan Stauffer fund” and mail to Asheville Savings Bank, PO Box 2895, Asheville, NC, 28802.