Laughs and Lady Gaga songs flowed out of War Memorial Chapel Thursday night.
The sounds might seem odd coming from a memorial service. However, anyone in the overflowing chapel that night would confirm that they fit John B. “J.J.” Stinson.
The sophomore philosophy major died of unknown causes last week while studying abroad at the Riva San Vitale in Switzerland. Thursday’s service focused not on his death, though, but rather on his vibrant life.
Joe Pitt, a professor of philosophy, spoke of how Stinson approached him with intelligent questions which launched hour-long discussions. Father John Grace of the Newman Community told of similar discussions started by Stinson.
“There is always a question of whether you mentor or are mentored by a student,” Grace said. “[J.J.] brought that line closer to the middle.”