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Benjamin R. Krinsky ’00

Benjamin R. Krinsky ’00 died on September 3 after an extended battle with brain cancer. He was 20 years old.

Krinsky majored in Computer Science and Engineering (Course VI-III) and was a member of Zeta Psi.

Jonathan P. Pearce ’00, a resident of Zeta Psi, described Krinsky as a “witty, funny guy.” He was interested in Boston’s local music scene and often attended concerts, Pearce said.

Krinsky’s mother, Faith, called him an outstanding student “known for his boundless energy, his restless intelligence, his iron-clad logic, and his acerbic wit.”

Krinsky was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Course VI academic honor society, and Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society. In 1996, he was awarded a Gold Award for Humor in the Scholastic Writing Competition, an honor bestowed on only three seniors that year.

As a teen, Krinsky volunteered to tutor youth at the Children’s Creative Workshop enrichment program. In high school, he completed a Westinghouse Research Project at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Krinsky served as Managing Editor of his high school newspaper, Kaleidoscope, and was recognized by Newsday for “distinguished commentary.”

At MIT, he worked in the Intelligent Graphics group of the Media Lab developing visualizations of railroad timetables for the Department of Transportation.

Krinsky also interned at Microsoft Corporation where he contributed software to Windows NT 5.0, and at Charles River Analytics while at MIT.

A native of Long Island, New York, Krinsky was diagnosed with brain cancer in March. During his illness he continued his interest in music by exchanging recordings of concerts over the Internet.

He is survived by a younger sister Sylvia, his parents Samuel and Faith, grandparents Ellen and M. Leonard Kuniholm, and a great-grandmother, Lydia Johnson.

A memorial service will be held for Krinsky by members of Zeta Psi tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15, at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Stratton Student Center. All are welcome to attend.

Contributions in Krinsky’s memory may be sent to:

Department of Radiation Oncology

L-2, Room 643

Stony Brook Foundation

Account #2-64510

University Hospital

SUNY at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 11794