The family and colleagues of a professor at Grossmont College died in a bicycle accident. Tuesday they remember him for the way he thrived in the classroom and on the open road.
Brian Jennings, 58, was riding his mountain bike on horseback along old highway 80 east, just after 3pm. when a minivan driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit him on the bike path, the California Highway Patrol said.
The minivan driver performed the CPR on Jennings until the paramedics arrived and transported him to the Sharp Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Jennings was a comparative professor of politics and the United States government at Grossmont College and also participated in faculty leadership roles, according to a statement released by the president of the Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh school on Wednesday.
“Professor Jennings was famous among the students for his humor, his respect for divergent political views,” says the statement in part.
Flowers and a bicycle wheel now sit at the site of the incident near Soldin Lane in his honor.
“Gentile would be the best way I could describe it,” said colleague and fellow cyclist Agustin Albarran. “I learned to love man, I learned a lot from him.”
Albarran and Jennings often went around on all the back streets of San Diego County, sharing their love of life in the great outdoors. He spent a part of his working day Wednesday walking in the classroom to the class notifying the students of his passage Professor Jennings.
“Literally within an hour, there were flowers and a wave of love, cards, memories, letters for his family,” Albarran said in amazement. “I think this just serves to show what kind of individual he was.”
He called it a true testament for all the lives that this Jennings has touched through the gift of education.
The school will have a memorial service for Professor Jennings on Tuesday at 9:30 am at the college’s Griffin Gate.
The whole community is invited to come and honor his life.