Warrensburg, Missouri -- A professor of communications at Central Missouri State University, David L. Eshelman, was shot dead in the driveway of his home this month. Two men, one of them a student at the university, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting.  Donald J. Ory, a senior, was once a student of Mr. Eshelman's. Both men have entered not-guilty pleas and each is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Established 1993 
The David L. Eshelman Memorial Scholarship is available through the University of Central 
Missouri Foundation for a student pursuing a degree in mass communication. This scholarship is made possible by way of a gift from Martha Kuhns Eshelman of Warrensburg, Missouri in memory of David L. Eshelman. 
Dr. David Eshelman received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in 1958, his graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1960 and his doctoral degree from the University of Denver in 1973. He began his teaching career at Central Missouri State University in 1969 as assistant professor of speech. He became professor of mass communication in 1982, a position which he held until his death in 1993. 
During his 24 years of service to the University, Dr. Eshelman served as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Society of Professional Jounalists. He was recognized as a national authority in mass communication law and throughout his educational tenure, it remained of the utmost importance to him to teach the specifics of mass communication law. Both personally and professionally, he was an individual who was fervently protective of First Amendment rights and freedoms. Dr. Eshelman demanded excellence of his students, raising their personal sights and leaving them with a self-defined vision. His students have said, "He made me better than I ever thought I could be; I am a better person for having known Dr. E."