A memorial service for CSU student Eric Spry will take place at 5:30 p.m. on March 18 at the Eagleâ€™s Nest in Vail Mountain. The outdoor gathering is accessible through a free gondola at the base of the mountain.
Spry died at Poudre Valley Hospital on Feb. 4 after being rushed by ambulance from his dorm room in Braiden Hall. Larimer County Deputy Coroner James MacNaughton said the likely cause of death was pneumonia, a strain that was highly unlikely to be contagious, according to CSUâ€™s Executive
Director of Housing and Dining Services Jim Dolak.
A vigil was held on Feb. 7, where upward of 350 CSU students, faculty and staff, parents and family watched a slideshow of his life, remembering all the times they witnessed in-person what they called his contagious smile, his sincere friendship and his passion for people.
John Oâ€™Neill, a CSU junior journalism major who knew him since their days on the Battle Mountain High School cross-country team in Edwards, described him as a diligent athlete who focused on his studies and helping others.
â€œYou could say he was a runner; you could say he was big into his services: you could say he was a great student,â€ he said. â€œBut no words will ever give justice to how great of moral character he had. Thatâ€™s what he had. He had integrity, he had character, he had sincerity and he was incredible.â€
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