By Sally Linder
The Ohio University community is mourning the loss of senior Patrick J. Gorman, 24, who died unexpectedly at his Athens apartment earlier this week.
The political science major was active in the Ohio University College Democrats, participating in all its activities and traveling frequently with the group, including to the Democratic National Convention. Fellow members talk of how kind, helpful and well-liked Gorman was. They also admired his dedication.
"He was very passionate about politics because he wanted to help people. He was willing to work for what was fair and just," graduate student and fellow College Democrat Lauren Elliott said. "He always put other people before himself."
Junior and College Democrat Liz Clark, who has known Gorman since she was a freshman, was grateful he got to see the democratic victory on election night. She will always remember his energy and commitment.
"He was willing to do anything, whether it was phone banking or marching through parade after parade," she said. "He never complained about anything. He just loved to be there."
The former Brecksville, Ohio, resident was set to graduate from Ohio University in 2009.
A public visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ferfolia Funeral Home, 356 W. Aurora Rd., Sagamore Hills, Ohio. The funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Basil the Great Parish, 8700 Drexel Rd., Brecksville, Ohio.
Staff and students who are looking for support during this difficult time can contact the counseling center, Counseling and Psychological Services, at 740 593-1616 at any time, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a next-day response.
Updated Nov. 10, 2008, to include details about the funeral services and counseling services available to university students and staff.