Students and staff began the fall quarter at Shoreline Community College Wednesday missing a beloved professor who will not be coming back.
English professor Troy Wolff was a mainstay in the English department where he spent the better part of 17 years teaching a myriad of courses including English Composition, Shakespeare and Latin American and European Literature.
The 46-year-old was stabbed to death Sept. 13 in Pioneer Square after a Sounders game. Wolff was trying to defend his girlfriend, who survived the attack by a mentally-disturbed man.
Many of his colleagues past and present say he was full of life.
"I'm going to really miss him coming by my office and coming down the hall because he always had a wonderful smile and greeting in the morning, all day really,” history professor Amy Kinsel said.
Kinsel has been at SCC for 10 years and her office was just two doors down from Wolff’s. It'll be a tough day back for her and probably a tough several days.
"For somebody so full of life to die so tragically, it's really hard,” Kinsel said.
Former colleague David Ortiz remembers Wolff fondly.
"Whenever you lose a professional, professor, friend, colleague, it's tough for everyone,” Ortiz said.
The Dean of the Humanities Department showed up early Wednesday morning to light a candle outside Wolff’s office. A steady stream of flowers and cards has been showing up along the wall next to Wolff’s door.
The dean opened his door Wednesday morning and played some Latin music on Wolff’s mini-CD player. It was a familiar sound to his neighbors and students who dropped by.
There are no plans to move his things. The dean says they'll get around to discussing it eventually. For now, they just want to remember their friend and colleague.