Brian Perpetuo, who graduated from Saint Mary's College in December 2004, died on April 15. He was 24.
Brian earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. In April 2003, when he was a junior, he was inducted into Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology. Lynyonne Cotton, a professor in the Department of Psychology, taught Brian in several of her classes and worked closely with him on some of his research projects.
"Brian was one of those students who was very reflective," Cotton said. "He didn't talk much, but when he did, you could tell that what he had to say was very well thought-out. He was very respectful and engaging." In one of Cotton's courses, students worked in teams to prepare and present papers, as is done at professional meetings. "I assigned him the role of leader. The leader had to be someone that the students respect," she said.
Cotton recalled that when Brian took her class on adolescent psychology he wrote a research paper about bullying and its impact on adolescents. "It was very appropriate that he'd focus on that," Cotton said. "He seemed concerned about the outcast, those on the periphery, and the victim. It was in no way surprising that he would come up that kind of paper."
Brian enrolled at Saint Mary's College after transferring from Diablo Valley College in fall 2002. In 1994, after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart, he received a heart transplant. He graduated from California High School, in San Ramon, where he lived at the time of his death. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Brian is survived by his parents, Vince and Luiza Perpetuo. A funeral mass was held at St. Raymond's Catholic Church, in Dublin, Calif., on April 21, 2005.