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Kyle Terrian

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University mourns death of mechanical engineering major

Kyle Terrian funeral to take place Dec. 11

Ohio University mourns the loss of student Kyle Terrian, 21, who died on Sunday, Dec. 8, after a nearly three-year bout with a rare form of cancer called desmoplastic small round cell tumors.

Terrian, a New Carlisle, Ohio, native and 2010 graduate of Bethel High School in Tipp City, Ohio, was a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

During his time on the Athens campus, he was an honors student who participated in the concert band and worked at the Ping Recreation Center.

His longtime girlfriend and fellow Ohio University senior Leah Cornish said, "Kyle has touched many lives during his time at Ohio University and wanted nothing more than to return to school to be with all of the wonderful people."

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones expressed her condolences.

"I am deeply saddened to hear about Kyle's death from cancer at such a young age," Hall-Jones said. "My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends."

Fellow engineering student and close friend Caleb Stine said Terrian convinced him to switch majors from chemical to mechanical engineering when they were sophomores.

"He loved mechanical engineering and wanted to share it with other people," Stine said.

One class he loved, according to Stine, was thermodynamics, taught by Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jason Trembly.

"Kyle was a great student," Trembly said. "The one thing that impressed me the most, under the situation he was in, undergoing chemotherapy, is that his performance in the class was still one of the best overall. He was a great kid."

Another of Terrian's instructors, Computer Network Specialist Jim Goble, had a similar experience with him.

"Kyle was a smart kid. Everything he finished was an A," said Goble. "I admired him. He fought hard and kept trying."

Terrian was also the kind of student to help others out, said classmate Scott Kostorhyz, a fellow mechanical engineering major, who said Kyle did just that for him.
"I came to him for some help, and he always seemed to know more than the average student," Kostorhyz said. "He succeeded even in times when he wasn't here and had to learn on his own."

A viewing will be held Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar and Fraley Funeral Home in New Carlisle, Ohio. The funeral also will be held there at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The family is accepting expressions of sympathy online at www.trostelchapman.com.

The Kyle Terrian Memorial Fund has been established with the goal of awarding a scholarship each year to a student who has the qualities that Kyle possessed and promoted. The fund also would give a donation to a charity each year that benefits cancer solutions, children's hospitals, or families that need assistance.

For more information about the fund and how to contribute to it, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KyleTerrianMemorialFund.

Students who need professional support should contact Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services at 740-593-1616.