Emerson College professor struck and killed by train in Beverly

Associate professor of journalism at Emerson College Moses Shumow.
Associate professor of journalism at Emerson College Moses Shumow. Emerson College

An Emerson College professor was struck by a commuter train in Beverly Tuesday morning while riding a bicycle and later died from his injuries, officials said.

Moses Shumow, an associate professor of journalism, had recently joined the Emerson faculty after spending nine years at a university in Miami, Emerson officials said in a statement to the college community.

“Moses was passionate about the role of media in vulnerable and marginalized communities,” the statement said. “The fact that his life and his work were cut short this morning is an unimaginable tragedy.”

Shumow, his wife, and their three children had recently moved to Massachusetts for the job, which he began this fall.


“We would like to express our deepest condolences to Professor Shumow’s wife, Rose, his three children, and to his family, friends, colleagues, students, staff and others who mourn his loss,” the statement said.

Shumow graduated from Emerson in 2001 with a master’s degree in broadcast journalism. He later earned a doctorate in communication from the University of Miami.

He taught journalism and media at Florida International University in Miami for nine years, the statement said.

MBTA Transit Police did not identify Shumow, but confirmed his death Tuesday evening.

Earlier, Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan had said a male bicyclist traveling on a pedestrian pathway was struck around 8:20 a.m. as an outbound train on the Newburyport/Rockport line entered the Beverly Depot station.

The accident led to severe delays and some cancelled trains during the morning, Transit Police said.

John Ellement of the Globe Staff contributed to this story. Cynthia Fernandez can be reached at cynthia.fernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @CynthFernandez.