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David Spyke

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University mourns loss of undergraduate

David Spyke loved biology, music and drama


Ohio University is mourning the loss of 20-year-old undergraduate student David K. Spyke in a skateboarding accident.

According to a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Spyke was skateboarding with friends in Anderson Township, southeast of Cincinnati, when he crashed and struck his head late in the afternoon of Sunday, May 12. He was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he died at 2:45 a.m. Monday, May 13.

"We are deeply saddened by such a sudden loss," said Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi. "David was an active member of our community and had a great love for Ohio University.  We express our condolences to David's family and his friends."

Spyke, of Anchorage, Alaska, had just completed his sophomore year in Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in biological sciences. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

"David was one of my outstanding advisees," said Steve Reilly, professor of Biological Sciences. "He was a hardworking, organized and motivated student and had a bright future. This was a terrible loss. I know the Biological Sciences faculty and students are unanimous in sending our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

At Ohio University, Spyke made the dean's list numerous times and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He was a Gateway Excellence Scholarship recipient whose goal was to become a neurological science researcher.

"David was a great guy who was very open minded," said junior Sigma Phi Epsilon member Matt Lewis. "He was one of my best friends and everyone went to him for advice. He was brilliant."

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 18 at Hillel at Ohio University.   

"We hosted a memorial gathering for David on Saturday and I was impressed by the incredible outpouring of love and support from his family and friends," said Rabbi Danielle Leshaw of Hillel at Ohio University. "His parents were appreciative of everyone who showed up and it was an honor for us to host the ceremony."

Students in need of support can call Counseling and Psychological Services anytime at 740-593-1616 to speak with a counselor.

Donations in Spyke's honor can be made to the Brain Injury Association of America, Ohio University Foundation or The Sierra Club.

The family will host a memorial gathering from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 20 in Lyndhurst, Ohio, at the home of David's uncle Ben Spyke.