Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee was forced to cancel a visit to Union County Wednesday because of a family tragedy.

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee was forced to cancel a visit to Union County Wednesday because of a family tragedy.

Gee had been invited by the Kiwanis Club of Marysville and the Marysville Evening Lions Club to speak in Union County.

He was scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker for a program at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, at the Union County Veterans Auditorium.

Gee's daughter, Rebekah Gee and her husband, Allan Moore, and were involved in an accident July 12 when their Vespa motor scooter collided with a sport utility vehicle in Pennsylvania.

Moore, 31, died at 4 p.m. July 24 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, where he had been in a coma after suffering numerous injuries, including multiple broken bones, head and abdominal injuries.

Kiwanis Club of Marysville President Derric Brown announced the cancellation in an e-mail message to members Wednesday afternoon.

"Regrettably, I just received a phone call from the office of President Gee informing me that he needed to return to the university immediately," Brown wrote.

"They did not share specifics but did indicate it was a family emergencyÉI asked his assistant to give him our very best and we both expressed a hope to be able to work together in the future."

Rebekah Gee, suffered broken bones and head trauma in the accident. She was transferred to The Ohio State University Medical Center Monday but flew back to Pennsylvania with her father Wednesday night to be with her husband.

Moore and Rebekah Gee would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary in October.

jdonahue@thisweeknews.com