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Gary Devercelly, Jr. Memorial Page Link

Link to Rider student’s memorial page. Thanks to Mrs. Devercelly for remarks and link

From Julie Devercelly, mother of Gary (2/3/08): There is no doubt Gary’s death was a result of not only a hazing, but a fraternity hazing ritual where all pledges were required to consume large amounts of alcohol in a very short amount of time.  All 14 pledges drank, two went to the hospital, and one died of an alcohol overdose. Not once as his parents have we heard the police or prosecutors office NOT say hazing was a factor in Gary’s death.  From the time the police arrived on the scene at PKT, they saw it as hazing.  After extensive hours of investigations, interviews, and discovery five people (two university officials/administrators and three fraternity officers) were indicted for the aggravated hazing death of our son Gary DeVercelly, Jr. The prosecutor’s office eventually dropped the charges against the two university officials, but the other three people were sentenced in the hazing death of Gary.  There is no question, Gary’s death was a result of hazing.”

HEAVEN’S BASEBALL TEAM – written by Marcia Sidney-Reed

A Heartfelt Tribute in Loving Memory of my Ivory son, Gary DeVercelly, Jr.

God opened the pearly gates to welcome Gary home,
His time here on earth was for an eighteen year loan.
When he knocked on Heaven’s door, all the angels rejoiced,
They knew the Lord’s decision was a unique choice.

Gary, affectionately called Gary D flew away on a cloud,
His work was finished on Earth and good-byes were not allowed.
For those of us who loved him, it’s hard to understand,
Why the timing, why the calling, why Gary’s services were in demand?

God said, I need a general manager for my angelic team.
Gary answered the call, Being a GM has always been my dream!
I have great experience coaching and cheering for others to succeed;
With Lefty calling the plays, the angelic team will lead.

Gary can teach the angels how to pitch, catch, hit, throw, and run
The team will have a winning edge learning how to play and having fun.
Heaven’s team has a new leader who passed the heavenly test
When God called Gary, he chose one of his very best.

Gary had a special way of bringing out the best in others,
He was a true testimony of love as he wore the badge of brother.
The message to his parents, his family, and his friends:
“I am hanging out with the Savior and eternal life has no end.

Emily and Noah, please make dad and mom proud,
One day I will see you again and greet you on a cloud,
I have earned my angelic wings and I am watching from above,
I left a legacy of hope in all of the people that I love.

Play the game of life with a winning spirit and a giving heart
Don’t worry about me, Heaven’s ballpark is truly a work of art.
I have reached the ultimate game that will never, ever end
I am managing Heaven’s Baseball Team and God gave me a win!

Thanks for the colorful memories.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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