Nathan Krasnopole

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Nathan Krasnopole
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Age: 20

Location:
University Pkwy just east of 39th Street
Baltimore , MD
United States
http://baltimorevelo.com/2011/07/krasnopoler-ghost-bike/261638_1934879250607_1201098986_1786084_4417546_n/http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-08-19/news/bs-md-ob-nathan-krasnopoler-20110819_1_math-teacher-nathan-krasnopoler-mitchell-krasnopoler

Nathan was a John Hopkins student who was hit by a motorcycle on February 26, 2011 and was left with permanent injuries from which there was no hope for a
meaningful recovery
he finally died on August 10, 2011.

The motorcyclist was not charged intitally although a review of the collision was forwarded to the State Attorney General's office for further consideration according to this article.

His family and friends set up a facebook page in his memory.

The Nathan Krasnopoler Memorial Fund was set up by the Beth Shalom Religious School is raising funds for the Nathan Krasnopoler Language Technology Lab. To donate go here and select “Other,” then enter “Nathan Krasnopoler Memorial Fund.”

Nathan's obituary reads:

Nathan
was very bright, very creative and very self-motivated," said Edward R.
Scheinerman, professor in the Johns Hopkins University's department of
applied mathematics and statistics, who is also vice dean of education
at the Whiting School of Engineering.

"As fascinating and
far-ranging as Nathan's interests were, they don't begin to describe the
depth of a young man ... who skillfully articulated his cherished
beliefs, and who had a circle of devoted and loving friends," Dr.
Scheinerman said in his eulogy.

"Nathan had wide-ranging
interests, including healthy eating, urban foraging, pen-and-paper
games, and science fiction. Nathan was confident, self-assured and
outspoken," he said.

Mr. Krasnopoler was born in Columbia and raised in Ellicott City.

"He excelled at math at an early age and began reading in the first
grade," said his father, Mitchell Krasnopoler, a chemical engineer.

By the time he was 10 and a middle-school student, he had programmed his calculator so he could play chess.

"He was also an avid reader - I remember when we were hiking at
Yosemite, he'd pull out a book when we stopped to rest," said his
mother, Susan Cohen, an attorney. "He even took a book to his senior
prom in case he got bored."

Mr. Krasnopoler was a 2009 graduate of the Shoshana S. Cardin School.

By the time he had arrived at the Northwest Baltimore high school, he
had already progressed beyond its math curriculum, said Ian Blumenfeld,
his math teacher there for three years.

"He was supremely
talented, and I was basically hired specifically to teach Nathan and
another student. He had a feel for the beauty of math, and because of
his abilities was way off the charts," said Mr. Blumenfeld, who now
works in research.

"Nathan really stood out and had the potential
to do whatever he wanted in the technical research field," he said. "He
was very contemplative and a nonconformist, but in a quiet way. He had
values and stuck to them."

"While he was very attached to his
computer, he enjoyed the outdoors. He was a very well-rounded person,
and his teachers always respected his intellect and out-of-box
thinking," his mother said.

"He was more interested in the
bicycle for transportation and had taken up running. He was a barefoot
runner, a kind of a back-to-nature type of runner," his father said.

"He was not a risk taker and really disliked driving. He really didn't
want anything to do with it," his mother said. "He either walked or rode
his bike. He told me once that he didn't want to live in the suburbs
and wanted to live in a city."

A computer science and math
student who was in his junior year at Hopkins, he quickly absorbed
complicated concepts and was a whiz at finding "creative solutions to
intriguing and difficult computer problems," Dr. Scheinerman said in his
eulogy.

"Nathan enjoyed tinkering with computers and software,"
he said to the mourners. "Just for fun, he created his own functional
programming extension to the C computer language. If you're not a
computer scientist, let me explain that what Nathan did was highly
sophisticated and demonstrated a mature understanding of computer
languages."

In a telephone interview, Dr. Scheinerman said that
Mr. Krasnopoler was "gently quiet in his class, but would speak up and
ask insightful questions."

Alex Rozenshteyn, a computer science major, had been Mr. Krasnopoler's friend since his freshman year and was his roommate.

"Nathan was never afraid to express an opinion, and whether it might be popular or not, he'd express it," he said.

Mr. Krasnopoler was a fan of author Michael Pollan, the sustainable-food advocate whose books greatly influenced him.

"He was interested in locally grown organic sustainable food and wanted
to learn how to cook it," his mother said, who added that her son as a
youngster became an excellent baker of pies and desserts, and loved
giving them away to friends as gifts.

"The morning of the accident, he had been to Waverly Market, and he had a backpack full of food," his father said.

When Mr. Krasnopoler's parents were told that his recovery was unlikely, they considered organ donation.

"We wanted some good to come out of this tragedy and thought we could
donate one of Nathan's kidneys," his mother said. "He was a very healthy
kid who neither drank or smoked."

"Our family and friends agreed with that idea," said Mr. Krasnopoler.

"It was in keeping with who Nathan was," his mother added.