This is the final posting to this emergency website about the accident that occurred at the Levine Science Research Center on the Duke University campus on May 14, 2008. A steamline rupture in the building’s mechanical room caused the building to be evacuated and resulted in the tragic death of Rayford Cofer, a Duke employee… Read more »

Duke’s University’s Office of News and Communications (ONC) launched this emergency website on Wednesday afternoon, May 14, 2008, following the accident at the LSRC. This is the first time ONC used the site, which it created several months earlier to enhance Duke’s tools for communicating with students, employees and others during an emergency. Later today,… Read more »

The LSRC has resumed normal hours of operation as of 8 a.m. Saturday. Your Duke ID badge should work normally and allow 24-hour access, including all day Sunday. To allow further cleanup activities to proceed Saturday, people are asked to stay out of the LSRC C&D wing basement unless you work in the area. There… Read more »

The family of Rayford Cofer has asked that any donations in his memory be made to the Landmark Baptist Church, 3149 Walters Rd., Creedmoor, NC 27522. [Posted 8:10 p.m.]

All wings of the LSRC will be open Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday hours will be determined based on the need for additional maintenance work. The decision about Sunday hours will be posted here when it becomes available. [Posted at 6:07 p.m.]

The LSRC’s A and B wings will be open on Friday until 5 p.m. The C and D wings will close at 3 p.m. to allow workers to initiate repairs to the drain system. The entire LSRC will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday’s schedule will be posted at this… Read more »

The funeral for Rayford Cofer, the Duke master steamfitter killed Wednesday in an accident at the Levine Science Research Center, will be held Saturday, May 17, at Landmark Baptist Church, 3149 Walters Road, Creedmoor. Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., with the service beginning at 2 p.m. Burial will… Read more »

As previously announced, the LSRC will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. [Posted 6:10 p.m.]

“A Generous Friend and a Master Craftsman” is the title of a new Duke Today article in which former colleagues recall the life of Rayford Cofer, who was tragically killed Wednesday in the LSRC accident. “He was a multi-talented individual, an extremely hard worker, very intelligent and had a great sense of humor,” one colleague… Read more »

Duke has lowered its university flag to half-staff in honor of Rayford Cofer, who died Wednesday afternoon in the accident at LSRC. Photo: Les Todd, Duke University Photography [Posted: 3:30 p.m., May 15, 2008]