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Date Marks Five Year Anniversary of John’s Passing

Friday, August 26, 2011

It was five years ago that the friends and family of John W. Jung lost a young man whose smile, courage and spirit brightened the world he lived in. He brightened many worlds, actually.

From his childhood hometown of Brookfield, Wisconsin to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, John made lasting friendships and developed leadership qualities that would shape his career and the lives of those he touched. 

From the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, to practicing medicine in New York City, John left his mark on the East Coast all before the age of 30.

Five years later, we acknowledge the incredible loss of John and the place he holds in many of our hearts. However, we also celebrate 1,825 days in which John’s spirit has influenced all things—big and small—in the lives of both friends and strangers alike.

Even those who will never meet him but have learned of him understand the remarkable ambition and joy he brought to the world. More than ten successful years of a Spring student event on the UW-Madison Campus, called All Campus Party, thrives as an alcohol-free alternative in-part because of his dedication to making it happen.

Starting in September, the John W. Jung Memorial will mark its fifth anniversary by launching a final fundraising campaign.  This opportunity to secure the Memorial’s future and endow its annual Scholarship Fund in perpetuity will forever enrich the lives of young people.  Look for more information in the coming weeks. 

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Celebrating the life of John Jung by recognizing student achievement and helping those with addictions, mentoring incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spreading awareness and researching strategies to help educational institutions and hospitals confront the issue of addiction among students and medical professionals.

Dynamic, encouraging and creative are all adjectives that friends would use to describe John Jung. John was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 24, 1978. As a young boy he moved back to Wisconsin and attended grade school in Waukesha. He then moved to Brookfield where he attended junior high and graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 1996.

The John W. Jung Memorial Fund is set up through the UW Foundation. If you would like to donate to the John W Jung Memorial online, please click here.


UW Foundation

P.O. Box 78807

Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807