Freshman To Be Remembered At Mass

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will preside at a memorial Mass tonight for freshman Kevin Eidt, who died suddenly last Thursday. Chaplain Donald MacMillan, SJ, will preach at the Mass, which will be held in St. Ignatius Church at 9:30 p.m.

Eidt, 18, a Norwalk, Conn. native studying in the Carroll School of Management, died from a congenital heart ailment on Jan. 23 during a pick-up game of basketball at the Flynn Recreation Complex.

Boston College Police Chief Robert Morse said Eidt was playing basketball with friends at approximately 7:20 p.m. when he suddenly collapsed. When BCPD officers arrived at the scene they found two students, one identifying himself as an emergency medical technician, attempting to revive Eidt. Further efforts to revive Eidt were unsuccessful, Morse said, and he was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, where he was pronounced dead at 8:20 p.m.

According to University and family sources, Eidt had a congenital heart problem which required surgery at age 3. He had been regularly tested and evaluated, the sources said, and was neither under medication nor restricted from physical activity when he came to Boston College last fall.

Kevin Eidt

A computer science major, Eidt resided in Fitzpatrick Hall on Upper Campus and played trumpet in the Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band. He was a sports enthusiast who regularly posted news concerning Boston College athletics on his World Wide Web page.

A friend of Eidt has created a web page in his memory.

Eidt is survived by his father, Christian, a 1966 alumnus; his mother, Helen; a brother Chris '92, of Arlington, Va.; and a sister, Carolyn '95, of Norwalk.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 28 in Norwalk, Conn.

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