Derek Logsdon died at 37: A Stellar Scientist and a Cherished Soul

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the untimely demise of Dr. Derek Logsdon, a brilliant research scientist and an esteemed colleague. He passed away suddenly at his home in Indianapolis on Sunday, 5th November 2023. His unexpected departure has left his family, friends, and colleagues in profound sorrow.

Who was Derek Logsdon?

Derek Logsdon, aged 37, was a dedicated scientist, a loving husband, and a doting father to three beautiful children. Known for his intellectual prowess and compassionate nature, Derek was a beacon of inspiration to all who knew him. He leaves behind his wife, Amber, and their three children, an eight-year-old and five-year-old twins.

A Glimpse Into Derek Logsdon Esteemed Career

Derek’s academic journey began at Evangel University (2004-2008), where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. His thirst for knowledge led him to Indiana University School of Medicine, where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmacology in 2018.

His professional life kicked off as a Research Assistant at Children’s Mercy Hospital (2008-2010). He then served in the same capacity at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (2010-2012). Here, Derek wore multiple hats, including those of a researcher, lab manager, project manager, and trainer.

But it was at Eli Lilly and Company where Derek truly shone. Joining as a Medical Writer in May 2018, he quickly climbed the ranks due to his exceptional capabilities, eventually becoming Publication Strategy and Execution Lead.

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Eighteen years ago, I worked with this young man, Derek Logsdon, in the green funnel cake stand at the Ozark Empire Fair when he was 19 years old… he suddenly passed away yesterday at 37 years old. I had him in my Sunday School class when he was in 3rd grade. He also worked in Caleb’s preschool church class. Please keep the Logsdon family in your prayers as he leaves behind a wife and three children, an 8 year old and 5 year old twins.

How did Derek Logsdon die?

Derek Logsdon’s sudden death at home came as a shock to everyone who knew him. The exact cause of his death is currently unknown. His family expressed their devastation in a heartfelt Facebook post, stating, “Devastation does not begin to describe how we feel. Our hearts are shredded. Last night, we lost our only son.”

Derek Logsdon Obituary

Eli Lilly and Company mourns the loss of one of its brightest minds. Derek Logsdon was not just an employee but a member of the Eli Lilly family. His contributions to the field of research and his commitment to excellence will forever be remembered. His sudden demise has left a void that cannot be filled.

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2023-11.06 — Devastation does not begin to describe how we feel. Our hearts are shredded. Last night, we lost our only son. Derek, 37, died suddenly at home in Indianapolis, leaving his wife, Amber, and three precious children (age 8, and twins age 5). *** Dr. Derek Logsdon was employed as a research scientist at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.Kay and I arrived in Indy this afternoon and are here along with Amber’s parents. We need and appreciate your prayers.

Derek’s untimely departure is a stark reminder of life’s fragility. As we grieve his loss, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, children, and all who knew him. May his soul rest in peace. The scientific community has lost a gem, but Derek Logsdon’s legacy will live on through his remarkable contributions to the world of science.

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