Son of Meharry chief Maupin killed in crash

UPDATED 4:02pm with current occupation and next of kin from Meharry statement

Virgil J. Maupin, 31, of Nashville, son of Meharry Medical College President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. John E. Maupin Jr., died early Thursday morning in an automobile accident on I-40 West near White Bridge Road.

According to a statement released by Metro Police, Maupin lost control of his 2004 Nissan 350Z and ran off the roadway into a rock wall at about 1:50am. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. Maupin was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Meharry said Maupin was employed by Asurion Insurance Services Inc. of Nashville.

In April 2005, he was listed as the incorporator of Dreams4Youth, an organization whose now-dormant web site (Google cache) said it "was founded to address the needs of our community youth by providing programs and events to reinforce the importance of an education and the wide range of opportunities that an education may provide."

Dr. John Maupin assumed his post at Meharry in 1994. Earlier this year, he announced that he would depart, effective July 2006, to become president of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Dr. Maupin has served on a number of corporate boards in the Nashville area, including LifePoint Hospitals Inc. and Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc., as well as Birmingham-based HealthSouth Corp.

In addition to his father, Maupin is survived by his stepmother, Mrs. Eilene Maupin of Nashville; his mother, Ms. Linda Mays of Ellicott City, Md.; his grandmother, Mrs. Helen Williams of Los Angeles; his brothers, Victor Mays and Brian Mays, both of Ellicott City, Md., and Henry Kingi of California; his sister and brother-in-law, Deanne and Sean Norman of Nashville; and four nieces and one nephew.

“When I heard, a part of me died," State Sen. Thelma Harper (D-Nashville) commented this afternoon on Capitol Hill. "No pain is greater than losing a child.

"Dr. Maupin and his family will need all of us," Sen. Harper said. "All of our hearts go out to that family, as he was in California this morning attending the funeral of another loved one. We will do our best to comfort him.”