College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ISU student dies; bacterial meningitis suspected

An Iowa State University senior has died overnight at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Initial lab tests at the hospital indicate the probable cause of death as bacterial meningitis. Final results are pending from the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory in Ankeny.

Travis James “TJ” Good, 22, of Omaha, lived with two roommates in an off-campus apartment in Ames. Travis reported feeling ill yesterday; friends took him to the Mary Greeley Medical Center emergency room at about 5:30 last night (April 13).

Good was a student in the College of Engineering.

“The engineering family at Iowa State is saddened by this tragic news,” said Jonathan Wickert, dean of the college. “Our hearts go out to Travis’s own family. He was a popular, talented student, and he will be missed.”

Information about meningitis is available at the Thielen Student Health Center web site,; and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at For students who feel distressed or require support at this difficult time, professionals at ISU’s Student Counseling Service are available to help at (515) 294-5056.

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