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Bentley to hold service for recent grad David LeClair, killed in Maine cycling accident

Posted by Your Town  June 18, 2013 02:48 PM

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Bentley University will hold a memorial service for a 2011 alumnus who was killed Friday in a cycling accident in Maine, according to school officials.

According to a statement, the university will host a service for 23-year-old David LeClair of Watertown, who was was struck and killed by a truck Friday morning in the town of Hanover while cycling in an American Lung Association Trek Across Maine 180-mile bike tour.

LeClair’s sister, Olivia, will be a senior at Bentley next year, the statement said. His parents are also Bentley graduates.

“Given the extensive personal and professional relationships David cultivated at Bentley and in the local area, the LeClair family has decided this will be the primary memorial ceremony for family and guests,” the statement said.

In a separate statement, Bentley President Gloria Cordes Larson and Vice President for Student Affairs Andrew Shepardson wrote that “David had the ability to transcend boundaries and establish effective communication, respect, and openness among a diverse array of students, faculty, and staff on issues that affect our entire community and create positive action out of it.”

LeClair, who studied management and the life sciences, graduated from Bentley magna cum laude.

This is the second death of a Bentley University community member in less than two weeks.

Earlier this month, a Bentley University basketball player died after he collapsed at a men’s recreational summer league game in Watertown. 19-year-old Joseph “Joey” Glynn was then taken to Mount Auburn Hospital, where he later died.

Shortly after Glynn’s death, Larson wrote that "our deepest sympathies go out to Joey’s family, friends, classmates, teammates and professors as they struggle to comprehend the sudden loss of such a vibrant young life."

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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