In Memoriam - Andrew Jarzyk '09

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the tragic loss of 2009 graduate Andrew Jarzyk. Late Tuesday night, the Jarzyk family confirmed that the body recovered from the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., Monday night was in fact Andrew, who went missing March 30 during an early morning jog.

As I mentioned at the town hall meeting this morning, Andrew was a star Susquehannan—an all-around great person who took advantage of every opportunity that came his way as a student. During his undergraduate years at Susquehanna, Andrew was inducted into three national honor societies: Alpha Lambda Delta for first-year student achievement; the Order of Omega for Greek leadership; and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society recognizing students who demonstrate superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. As someone blessed to have known Andrew personally, I can attest that he indeed demonstrated all of these qualities.

Under Andrew’s leadership, the Iota-Beta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was named a Top TKE Chapter in 2008, a distinction given to only 11 chapters worldwide that year. He was a student adviser, O-team leader and member of the Student Government Association and the Sigmund Weis School of Business Marketing Committee—all while pursuing a double major in economics and finance. He mentored local children through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and worked in the university’s business office. He was a resident assistant during his semester abroad in the business school’s London Program, and twice traveled to the United Arab Emirates as a student delegate for Education Without Borders conferences.

He carried this same ambition and thirst for knowledge into his professional life. Prior to joining PNC as a relationship manager, Andrew snagged a spot in Johnson & Johnson’s two-year Financial Leadership Development Program and worked at the company’s corporate headquarters in New Jersey.

Andrew’s accomplishments were many for a man of only 27 years, but it was his energetic and outgoing nature that I and many others remember most. Facebook posts from Susquehanna alumni and faculty all speak to Andrew’s kindheartedness, infectious personality and warm smile. James Brock, former dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business, may have said it best: “[Andrew] had an abundance of positive energy and a kind word for everyone. And he was the kind of student you simply knew would succeed.”

Our heartfelt sympathy is with Andrew’s family and friends as we all try to make sense of this unfathomable loss. May we all take solace in the words of his brother Steve, who posted a deeply moving tribute to the “Help Find Andrew Jarzyk” Facebook page, established after Andrew’s disappearance: “The coming days, weeks, months and even years will be painful. Grieve, but also smile. The beautiful thing about this earth is that the sun will rise again tomorrow. Remember that his memories will shine on us every day when that sun does rise in the morning.” 

Sincerely,

L. Jay Lemons, President


Andrew’s services are as follows:

Viewing/Calling Hours:

Sunday, May 4th from 1-3pm & 5-8pm and Monday, May 5th 9-10am
Brenna-Cellini Funeral Homes
2365 Whitehorse Mercerville Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Funeral:

Monday, May 5th at 11am
St. Vincent DePaul Church
555 Yardville-Allentown Rd
Yardville, NJ 08620

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

The Visitation Home
PO Box 11242
Hamilton, NJ 08610

The Visitation Home is a Catholic shared living residence for adults with developmental disabilities.

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