Former dean's portrait stolen at Ohio St building

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Officials are trying to determine who stole a portrait of a former dean from an Ohio State University engineering and science building that bears his name.

The Ohio State Lantern student newspaper reports that police say the painting of the late dean of the College of Engineering, Charles MacQuigg, was pried early Sunday from its frame in the MacQuigg Laboratory building. WBNS-TV reports it was painted in the 1930s or 40s and had been hanging in the building for about 20 years.

An Ohio State facilities and laboratory manager, Kenneth Kushner, says the artist, James Hopkins, was an electrical engineer and former chair of the university arts department.

Kushner says the theft may have been a student prank and that the school just wants the portrait returned safely.