Bryan Paynter, IEMS Senior, Passes Away

Bryan C. Paynter, age 21, of Glenview, IL, passed away at Lutheran General Hospital after a three-year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma (bone cancer) on Feb. 11, 2008. Loving husband of Jennifer, nee Vierneisel (GBS graduate, 2002); devoted son of Bruce and Bonita Paynter of Glenview, IL; dear grandson of Wilfred Berning of Hinsdale, IL, and Marietta Paynter of Glenview, IL; fond brother of Brett Paynter of Glenview, IL.

"Bryan faced his challenges head on, and ducked none of them," said Barry Nelson, Paynter's academic adviser and professor. "Bryan was absolutely realistic about his cancer, but it never became who he was. Besides being an outstanding student, he was an advisor's dream: He listened to advice, but clearly wanted to be in charge of his education. He faced obstacles like industrial engineers tackle problems: Do the best you can under the constraints you have. I will miss him."

Visitation Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Oehler Funeral Home on the grounds of Ridgewood Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Milwaukee Ave. and Central), Des Plaines. Funeral Saturday lying in state 10 a.m. until time of Mass 11 a.m. at St. Catherine Laboure Church, 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview. Interment Ridgewood Memorial Park Cemetery (Private ceremony). Born June 14, 1986, at Holy Family Hospital, Des Plaines, IL

Graduated in 2004 from Glenbrook South High School with highest honors, National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society. Honored with recognition in science, mathematics, music and athletics. Member of the 2003 State Championship Volleyball Team, four year football team, two year basketball team, four year volleyball team and four year Marching and Concert Bands. Eagle Scout 2004, Troop 55, Glenview, IL. At the time of his death, he was attending Northwestern University and was in his Senior year of undergraduate program in Industrial Engineering, deans list. Student assistant at Northwestern University Football four years, president of Northwestern Club Volleyball Team and Sigma Phi Epsilon - social fraternity.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
American Cancer Society
c/o Bruce D. Paynter
3345 N. Arlington Hts. Road, Suite G
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Info 847-824-5155

We encourage you to remember Bryan in your own way or attend the memorial if you wish. These are some ways to say goodbye and celebrate his life. Given the news of the passing of Bryan we recognize some students may need to speak with someone.We would like to direct students to CAPS (Counseling And Psychological Services) which provides counseling to individuals and groups. CAPS has a team of highly qualified and experienced counseling professionals who are dedicated to helping students work through developmental needs, emotional difficulties, adjustments, and crises.

In meeting the counseling needs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the goal of CAPS is to help students, faculty, and administrators maximize the total learning experience at Northwestern University. CAPS has offices on both the Evanston and Chicago Campuses. For both campuses, call CAPS at (847) 491-2151.

Evanston Campus:
Location: Searle Hall, 2nd Floor, 633 Emerson Street.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Chicago Campus:
Location: 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Abbott Hall, 5th Floor
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm

If you need CAPS services, call 847-491-2151. When you call, you will schedule a same-day phone appointment with a counselor. The counselor will speak with you for about 15 minutes and collect some information about you and what you need one. The counselor will then schedule you for a CAPS intake appointment or will help connect you to other services on campus or in the community. You may also be given a same-day crisis appointment if you need. This procedure is the same for the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

If you have an emergency after hours, please call the Crisis line at 847-491-8100 for either campus