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3/20/2009 —

Discussions in the Penn State York game room, parties with the “Fave Five,” excerpts from English papers written, tales of an outstanding friend, laughter, and tears were all a part of a memorial service for Adam D. Olatunbosun, 18, a Penn State York student who died suddenly Tuesday, March 17.  The service was held on Thursday, March 19, in the campus’ Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.

More than 200 students, faculty, and staff attended an open microphone service designed to allow people to share their grief and remember an outstanding student and friend.  A second-year liberal arts student from Bristol, Pennsylvania, Olatunbosun was well-known and loved on campus.  He earned the distinction of being a chancellor’s scholar and was dedicated to earning a college degree and being the best he could be.   He died suddenly Tuesday of an enlarged heart, a genetic condition that often goes unnoticed until death, according to the York County Coroner’s office.

“Adam had a big heart, how about that?” shared Clifton Johnson, a roommate and friend, during Thursday’s emotional tribute to Olatunbosun.  “With that big heart, he gave a lot of love to all of you.”

Olatunbosun died with friends after returning from a restaurant where he got his usual treat, a caramel sundae.  He slumped over in the car and his friends called paramedics.  Justin Zackery, a Penn State York student and close friend, held Olatunbosun’s hand until the emergency crew arrived.  Olatunbosun was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Students at the memorial service shared their memories and dedicated themselves to “being like Adam” and taking their studies seriously, doing their best, and staying connected with friends.  Many students recalled “big Adam’s cheesy smile and his attitude of not worrying about things that didn’t really matter.”

Nevar Chase, a Penn State York student and close friend to Olatunosun, best summed up all that was said during the service, “Adam may be gone but he’ll never be forgotten.” 

Funeral services are set for Saturday, March 21, at Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe
Street, Bristol, Pennsylvania, and the campus is providing free bus service.  The viewing is set for 10 a.m. with the funeral at 11 a.m.

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