While at Hamden Hall, John played soccer and basketball, and was a member of the academic club called High School Bowl, the debate team, and on the staff of the school newspaper, The Advent. According to his classmates, he was friends with everyone!
John was a musician, and at the time of his death was the bass player and vocalist for an ‘80s band. In the last months of his life, John was working on the band’s first album. After his death, friends and family pooled money to produce the record posthumously.
A 1990 article written by Howard Altman for the New Haven Advocate described him as a gifted student, good friend, and strongly opinionated person who could win many arguments with points and wit. According to friends, he did everything 300 percent. “John was everyone’s friend, from the homeless person on the street to the Yale professor. He brought people together from different worlds. He would spend his last dime to help a friend. His smile lit up his whole face. He was a talented musician and one of the kindest of people. That’s the way he lived his life.”
Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth.