Magnus Christon, Clark Atlanta University official, dies at 50

Magnus Christon, the corporate relations and special givings manager at Clark Atlanta University, has died.

The school sent out a message Wednesday informing the university community that Christon, 50, died on June 26.

He was found dead in his home.  

The university did not provide a specific cause of death, listing it as “natural causes.”  

"Magnus was an absolute pleasure to work with. His smile and energy were infectious throughout our campus,” said CAU President Ronald A. Johnson. “He displayed a great sense of humor and was extremely talented.”

Johnson said Christon “devoted his time and talents to the growth of our university for the past five years,” in the Office of Institutional Advancement and University Relations. 

“He approached his work with confidence and excitement as he was a critical component to the growth of our university,” Johnson said. “The university is in mourning. We are all in shock and completely saddened by his untimely death.” 

 According to his LinkedIn profile, Christon came to CAU in 2013 after working for nearly a decade as an independent consultant.  

A native of Memphis, Christon was a 1990 graduate of Stanford University and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

In a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association, the organization called Christon, “model of service to Stanford and pillar of our #ChocolateCardinal family.” 

“We are blessed to have known you and eternally grateful for your many selfless contributions,” the statement read.

CAU will share funeral arrangements and other memorial information once made public by the Christon family.

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