|From left: Kandice Hancock, Tara McGovern, Patrick Gotham, Maureen McNeill, Robert McNeill, Rachel Ploor and Rebecca Brannock.|
McNeill completed several Sea Gull Century bike rides as a member of Team in Training, a group that cycles annually to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As a volunteer, he provided SAG service to other riders.
After McNeill lost his battle with esophageal cancer in November 2009, organizers sought to honor the avid supporter. On Monday, February 15, Sea Gull Century Scholarships were presented to SU students in his memory.
“The Sea Gull Century is more than just a bike ride,” said Gotham, a three-time student volunteer, who is also president of SU’s Student Government Association. “It’s a social outlet, a challenge and a community event. Although I’ve never ridden, I see the dedication that each of the cyclists puts into this event. I feel so honored to be a recipient of this scholarship and am definitely looking forward to next year’s ride!”
McNeill’s wife, Maureen, who formerly worked in University Advancement, and their son, Robert, will attend the luncheon.
“Above all, Jeff treasured his family,” said Dr. Dennis Pataniczek, dean of the Seidel School of Education and Professional studies, who was McNeill’s colleague and friend. “He liked nothing better than to spend time with his kids and his wife. He took pleasure in the simple things. He lived his last few years with an attitude of gratitude.”
In addition to cycling, McNeill loved sailing, kayaking, hiking, wood working, drawing, painting and playing golf. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and a former member of the Salisbury Jaycees.
Selected by the Sea Gull Century Scholarship Committee, the awards are given annually and are renewable for up to two years. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and have contributed to or participated in the University’s Sea Gull Century bike ride. Amounts range from $500 to $1,000.
For more information call 410-677-5416 or visit www.seagullcentury.org.