Saturday, October 23, 2010

In Memory of John Kevin Coyle

From: Professor Pierluigi Piovanelli
Date: Ottawa, October 22, 2010

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am extremely saddened to announce that Professor John Kevin Coyle, of St. Paul University, has suddenly passed away in the night of Wednesday, October 20.

Those who have known Kevin will remember him not only as a great scholar – he had just published in 2009 the volume Manichaeism and Its Legacy, a collection of his articles on Manichaeism in Brill’s prestigious series Nag Hammadi and Manichean Studies – but also and especially as a warm and generous person, a true gentleman. This is a terrible loss for all of us.

I am sure that his soul is presently climbing the column of glory and is not too far from her final destination in the paradise of light, where she will enjoy the company of Augustine and Mani.

May peace be upon him!


Deirdre said...

Thanks for posting the sad news about Prof Coyle. It was a shock. His excellent scholarship is a lasting legacy.

One of Freedom said...

Kevin taught the PhD seminar my first year and I had known him from my undergrad days. He really was a warm and generous person. I still remember my first class with him and the dedication to excellent scholarship he demonstrated. I am already missing our chats in the hallways - he always had time to stop and chat with his students.