Loyola celebrates the life of Nick Myers, ’23
| By Molly Robey
The Loyola University Maryland community is mourning the loss of Nick Myers, ’23, a friendly student who was engaged in his classes and often made his friends laugh. Earlier this month Myers had been hospitalized with a brain abscess and stroke and passed away on March 16.
Myers, who lived in River Edge, N.J., had many friends on campus and was enjoying his time as a Loyola student. He was a graduate of River Dell High School, where he played lacrosse and was captain of the River Dell Hawks swim team and qualified for the state meet. He was also very involved in Boy Scouts of America and worked as a lifeguard at the River Edge Swim Club.
Brandon Parlopiano, Ph.D., visiting affiliate assistant professor of history, was Nick’s faculty advisor and had him in his History 101 class last semester. Parlopiano said that Nick was thinking of majoring in business administration and marketing and was always excited to learn.
“I’ll remember Nick as a bright student who was always engaged. A student who challenged the material and someone who was very jovial and always ready with a joke,” said Parlopiano.
Nicole Reibe, Ph.D., director of program operations of the Master of Theological Studies at Loyola, who taught Nick in her Introduction to Theology course this semester, said Myers was a joy to have in class.
“Nick always came in excited to learn and had a good attitude,” said Reibe. “I got a strong sense of discovery with Nick. He was excited to learn more and ask complicated questions. He was just enthusiastic about it all, and our class always looked forward to his presence and questions in class.”
He will be missed by the many students, faculty, and staff who knew and loved him.
“Nick and I were paired randomly to live together in Flannery O’Connor Hall,” said Hilton Carroll, ’23. “We were both worried about living together because we didn’t know each other. However, when I met Nick, I knew we would be lifelong friends. He was a very lovable person, a spark of light. He could make anyone laugh, he took his friendships seriously, and his jokes would brighten up the room.”
In light of the recent necessity for "social distancing" the family will be receiving friends and family for those wanting to pay their last respects, on Friday, March 20, from 9-11 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church, River Edge, with the funeral Mass immediately following at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Rosedale Cemetery, Montclair, N.J.
A memorial Mass will be scheduled in Loyola’s Alumni Memorial Chapel after students return to campus.
The Counseling Center has resources available to cope with feelings of grief and loss during this time.