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John N. Krikelis '97 Killed in Accident

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Editor in Chief

John N. Krikelis '97 died Sunday morning when his motorcycle crashed into a telephone pole in Raynham, a town near Plymouth.

Krikelis, 21, was not wearing a helmet. A native of Greece, Krikelis also went by the name Yannis. He was a brother of Delta Upsilon.

"John was a very free-willed person," said Alexander F. Hoermann '97, a close friend of Krikelis from DU. "He did whatever he wanted. He had a very full life and he loved to be alive."

Krikelis "brought a lot of people a lot of joy,"Hoermann said.

Krikelis' parents, Nicholas Krikelis and Eleftheria Krikelis of Rafina, Greece, have established a scholarship fund in his memory.

The scholarship, in the amount of $5,000 annually, will go to a mechanical engineering major of Greek origin. In the absence of such a student, the award will go to an outstanding mechanical engineering major from DU.

DU has received considerable support from other fraternities, Hoermann said. They have received "tons of flowers" and many sympathetic visitors, he said.

A few of the DU brothers "have been pretty shaken up" by the death, but the house is coping, Hoermann said.

A funeral service was held Wednesday at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville. Interment was at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Krikelis is survived by his parents, his brother Stephen, a student at Boston University, and his girlfriend Jennifer Bissett, a student at Simmons College.

Ramy A. Arnaout contributed to the reporting of this story.