Rock Valley College

Statement from Rock Valley College on tragedy involving RVC Professor Peter Ruckman

Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Media Contact: RVC Public Relations, 815-921-4510

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Rock Valley College officials were informed that early Saturday morning, Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the home of Professor Peter (PS) Ruckman Jr. to conduct a welfare check. Deputies entered the home and found Dr. Ruckman and his two children deceased.

Dr. Ruckman had been a professor of political science at Rock Valley College since 1998. 

“The Rock Valley College community is devastated by the news of the tragic deaths of Peter Ruckman, and his two children,” stated Dr. Doug Jensen, President of Rock Valley College. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Professor Ruckman and his children at this difficult time.” 

The College will be providing grief counseling services to its employees and students to help them cope with this tragic event.

Due to the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s office, any inquiries should be directed to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s office at 815-319-6000.