Jan. 12, 2005
Providence, RI - The Brown community is truly saddened by the sudden death of Ricky Whelan, Brown Class of 2004 and a four-year member of the Brown lacrosse team, who passed away early Tuesday morning at his home in Merion, Pennsylvania.
The 22-year-old Whelan concentrated in Public and Private Sector Organization at Brown and was involved in many campus activities. He played in 53 games for the Bears during his four-year career, and was one of the most well-liked and respected members of the Brown lacrosse team. Whelan earned the 2004 Brown Lacrosse Unsung Hero Award, presented annually to the Brown lacrosse player who is unselfish, dedicated to the program and committed to excellence.
"Ricky is the kind of person you want on your team," said Brown lacrosse coach Scott Nelson. "He always came to play with a smile on his face. Ricky loved to play lacrosse and loved life. He was a leader on and off the field, and was a wonderful teammate. The Brown community has lost a great friend."
Whelan came to Brown from Episcopal Academy, where he was an honors student. He played lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey at Episcopal, and earned an award for excellence in drama.
Ricky is survived by his parents, Rick and Ginna Whelan, and his two brothers, Denis and Reid.
Funeral services for Ricky will be on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at Episcopal Academy in Lower Merion, PA, beginning at 12:00 noon.
Ricky's parents have asked that memorial contributions be sent to the "Richard Q. Whelan Memorial Fund" in support of Men's Lacrosse at Brown University. Gifts may be sent to the fund at P.O. Box 1925, Providence, RI 02912.