Friday January 14, 2011

A Death in the Family

David W. Radzyminski, a senior in criminal justice studies, died Thursday in Oxford, Ohio.

The University of Dayton has planned an informal gathering and a memorial service for students to remember senior David W. Radzyminski.

Radzyminski, 22, a criminal justice studies major from Brecksville, Ohio, died Thursday, Jan. 13, in Oxford, Ohio.

For those who cannot travel to Cleveland for the visitation and funeral, there will be an informal gathering for students from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at the McGinnis Center, 301 Lowes St. The Counseling Center, Campus Ministry and Residence Life will be there to offer support.

The campus community will come together to share memories of David at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Immaculate Conception Chapel with a memorial Mass to follow at 4:30 p.m.

According to Bruce Burt, executive director of public safety and chief of police, Radzyminski's death is being investigated as an accidental death.

He was scheduled to graduate in May. He is the son of Sharon and George Radzyminski, also of Brecksville.

Visitation is planned for 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at the Johnson-Romito Funeral Home in Northfield, Ohio. A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at St. Basil the Great Parish in Brecksville, Ohio.

Art Jipson, director of the criminal justice studies program and Radzyminski's adviser, said he was bright and inquisitive with a passion for criminal justice, and was well-known and well-liked by classmates, staff and faculty. 

"David was quick to laugh and quick to make others laugh," Jipson said. "We'll miss his smile."

Radzyminski had studied illegal immigration along the Mexico-United States border for his senior thesis and presented his research in December at the University's social science symposium, Jipson said.

He completed a summer internship with the Department of Homeland Security in Cleveland — receiving an evaluation with a very rare "excellent" rating in all categories, Jipson said. Radzyminski was due to start an internship this term in Dayton with the Federal Pretrial Division of the Southern District of Ohio Federal Court, with plans to attend graduate school in the fall, according to Jipson.

In a message to the campus community, University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran said, "We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to David's family, friends, professors and our campus community. Please reach out to one another in prayer and support during this difficult time for our campus community."

Grief counseling and support for students is available through the Counseling Center, 229-3141, and Campus Ministry, 229-3339.

For more information, contact Cilla Shindell, executive director of news and communications, at 937-229-3257 or