August 15, 2011

Nathan Krasnopoler, 20, Whiting School undergraduate

Nathan Krasnopoler, a 20-year-old undergraduate in the Whiting School of Engineering, died on the morning of Aug. 10 at the Gilchrist Center Howard County, a hospice near his family’s home in suburban Baltimore. His entire family was with him.

Krasnopoler, a computer science major and a member of the class of 2013, was severely injured Feb. 26 when he was struck by a car while bicycling on University Parkway near the Homewood campus. His family reports that, though he was wearing a helmet, he suffered irreversible cognitive damage because his breathing was stopped and the flow of oxygen to his brain was interrupted.

In a broadcast message sent Wednesday to the Johns Hopkins community, Nicholas P. Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School, and Sarah B. Steinberg, vice provost for student affairs, said, “Nathan was a student of great promise and a fine young man, well-loved by his family and by his many friends at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere. He loved urban living, and particularly the opportunity to bike and walk. He loved cooking, and baked pies as gifts for his friends. He loved music, and was also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and of the Johns Hopkins science fiction club. He was an active and valued member of our community, and all of us at Johns Hopkins are lessened by his tragic departure from our community.”

Jones and Steinberg said that Krasnopoler’s parents, Mitchell Krasnopoler and Susan Cohen, and his siblings, Elliot and Emma, had asked them to convey their deep thanks for the support of Nathan’s Johns Hopkins friends and of the university community over the very difficult months since the accident.

A funeral was held Friday at the Sol Levinson and Brothers Funeral Home in Pikesville, Md.

Those who wish to honor Krasnopoler are invited to contribute to a fund established by the family at the Whiting School of Engineering to support the Johns Hopkins student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. To donate online, go to and select “Other,” then enter “Nathan Krasnopoler Memorial Fund.” You may also send a check, made out to The Johns Hopkins University, with a separate note indicating that the gift is for the memorial fund. The address is Whiting School of Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 409 Wyman Park Building, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.