Matthew Oskay, aionia mneme

I was fortunate enough a couple of years ago to be given a professional assignment (rather than writing something on spec) to write a profile of the Performing Arts Center at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. (Let me offer a disclaimer right now that the first line about a “bonanza of a technical education” was not mine, but rather an editorial addition.) Matthew Oskay, the technical director of the PAC, spent a generous number of hours talking to me, giving me a wonderful tour of the facility, introducing me to students, and so on. He seemed like a really nice, young, hopeful guy who couldn’t believe his own luck, and his students appeared to have a lot of love, respect, and loyalty for him. Mr. Oskay was clearly very excited by the work he did, and he talked about wanting someday to try his hand at designing a production of Les Miserables, as well as workshopping a new musical at Warren.

So, I was shocked to see this article in the Indianapolis Star. Based on the reader comments there, as well as here, it seems that suicide is perhaps a premature conclusion; certainly the man I met did not act as though he had anything other than absolutely every reason to want to live and be happy.

My prayers are with his wife, students, and friends. Memory eternal.


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