Soccer scholarship being raised in memory of Schreyer dean's young son

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The tragic death of the young son of two members of the Penn State community on New Year's Eve is launching a scholarship to benefit a member of the Penn State soccer team that will honor the boy's memory and the sport he loved.

The Penn State community learned of the sudden passing of 8-year-old John William McKenzie Brady, known affectionately as Mack, earlier this week. Mack, the son of Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian M. M. Brady and his wife, Elizabeth, a lecturer in the College of the Liberal Arts' Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 31, at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as a result of a blood infection that spread rapidly.

In announcing the scholarship being established in Mack's honor, Brady said that through such an award helping a player each year his son "will, in some sense, 'be on the field' that he had hoped to play on someday."

Memorial gifts may be made online at or by sending a check, payable to Penn State with "In memory of Mack Brady" in the memo line, to: Penn State University, One Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.

Last Updated January 10, 2014