By Olivia Krauth–
Weeks away from completing his degree, U of L senior and former Cardinal writer Ryan Considine suddenly passed away on July 10.
Born in Indianapolis, Considine graduated from McNicholas High School in Cincinnati in 2009 before coming to Louisville as a communication major. His coursework focused on journalism, frequently having a byline in the Cardinal, covering multiple topics for the news, features and opinion sections. Additionally, he was a founding member of U of L’s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Communication department chair Al Futrell said since Considine was so close to completing his degree, the university waived the last few hours to award the degree posthumously.
“I think it is the least the university could do for the family. This gesture demonstrates how the university, despite all it current turmoil and controversy, still has its priorities in order,” Futrell said.
“When I first met him, Ryan was a fresh-faced young newspaper writer who had delusions of being the next Hunter S. Thompson, but who blew off almost every deadline, who couldn’t write a decent lede and who pitched a sullen fit whenever an editor touched even a single word of his cocky, half-reported stories. In other words, he fit in perfectly at The Louisville Cardinal. He was one of us from the start,” Considine’s TLC editor, Rae Hodge said.
“He was young, and could be wildly optimistic, with a reckless zeal for journalism, a born scribbler, a true believer, an unflagging companion. One of our own. Now and always,” Hodge said.
His family says he loved reading like many of his extended family members, and sported an English minor. His love of writing and reading is being honored posthumously as his family is asking for donations to be made to U of L’s Ekstrom Library in lieu of flowers.
Considine was well known in the communication department, leaving students and faculty with good memories of volunteer work and class projects with him.
“I’ll never forget the fun we had covering news stories around the city for our comm class and talking about music, Nulu, burlesque and U of L basketball that semester,” U of L student Brelin Tilford said about Considine, who partnered up for a advanced video communication class.
Outside of the classroom and the newsroom, Considine frequently volunteered in the community. Futrell said he knew Considine better than most students because they went on a study abroad volunteer trip together.
“He was an extremely good-natured, amiable student. If U of L had more students like Ryan this would be a much better place, and today the world is a less pleasant place without Ryan in it,” Futrell said.