Today, the Pitt-Johnstown campus community mourns the passing of Brian Gindlesperger, a member of the graduating class of 2012. In addition to being a graduate of Pitt-Johnstown with a degree in business, Brian was a proud Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (completing two tours of duty), Purple Heart recipient, and leader and role model in our MountainCat Veterans Program.
We were all very impressed with Brian's strong commitment to serving our country, and he stood as an outstanding model of the great service that our men and women perform to protect our freedom. Brian, in particular, was a reminder of the many college-age students who have answered the call of duty.
I, personally, was honored to be in his presence and was moved by his eloquent spirit of service to country and impressed by his compassion for his fellow citizens. It is with heavy heart that we say good-bye to this great citizen, and we extend our sympathies to his family and fiancée Brenna Hennessey.
Counselors in the Office of Health and Wellness Services are available to all members of the campus community during this period of mourning.
Photo: Brian Gindlesperger '12 places a wreath in honor of fallen military men at women at the November 11, 2011 dedication of The Heroes Memorial.
Update: Please click here to view Brian's obituary.