Remembering UHP Alumnus Eric-John Niss de Jesus

July 28, 2021
UHP alumnus Eric-John Niss de Jesus

We're sad to share the news that Eric-John Niss de Jesus (magna cum laude - Animal Science, 2018) died while swimming near Odo Beach in Okinawa, Japan earlier this summer. His group of friends was affected by a riptide, and while he encouraged his friends to keep fighting, Eric-John was unable to overcome the powerful water. As a UHP student in Animal Science, Eric-John's degree emphasis was in the study of companion animals. According to the Marine Corps Times, he carried this passion for animals forward as a military working dog handler with Marine Corps Installations Pacific. A full obituary detailing Eric-John's remarkable life and character is available from the Fairmont Times.