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Posted on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

University of Michigan professor severely burned in plane crash

By Cindy Heflin

Update: University of Michigan professor severely burned in plane crash

The Ann Arbor man severely burned in a small plane crash in Florida is a professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.


William Shaun Jackson

U-M photo

William Shaun Jackson, 63, of Ann Arbor, was listed in critical condition in a burn unit at Tampa General Hospital, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The dean’s office at the School of Art and Design has been in touch with members of Jackson’s family, some of whom are with Jackson in Florida, University of Michigan spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said.

Jackson is teaching two classes at the university this semester, Fitzgerald said.

Jackson’s biography lists him as a professor in the School of Art & Design and in the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning and in the Ross School of Business. He holds “more than 50 patents and has received national and international honors, including the prestigious IDEA award from Business Week,” according to the biography. His firm Shaun Jackson Design Inc. “serves clients such as Apple Computer, Dell, Toshiba, General Electric Medical Systems, Herman Miller, Nike, L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer, Harley Davidson, and Patagonia,” the biography states.

Authorities said 70-year-old John Ardoyno of Hayward, Wis., was killed in Saturday's crash, The Associated Press reported.

Sarasota County Fire Department spokeswoman Capt. Susan Pearson said the seaplane crashed as Ardoyno tried to take off from the airport, AP reported. Pearson said the plane could not gain enough altitude. Witnesses told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune the plane was flying low and dipping in the air.


Karen Conran Wagner

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

Prayers for all concerned during this most difficult time.


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 2:53 p.m.

prayers for a full recovery! when it's feasible to do so, hopefully he will be transported here to the U-M burn unit for world-class care; I saw a friend go through this some years ago and these people are very good at what they do.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 9:28 p.m.

My dear old friend Shaun, I am thinking about you and sending you white healing light. May your spirits be lifted with the love from all who know you. I hope for your speedy and full recovery. always!


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 8:52 p.m.

Devastating news. We will pray for him and his family as well as the family who lost their loved one.

Craig Lounsbury

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 8:29 p.m.

prayers for a recovery. I have heard there are few things more painful than severe burns.