His compassion for others — from his friends and family to his patients — is something his close friend Kristen Moran, a 2011 graduate of the College of Health Sciences, will remember. Like Murphy, she befriended Jon during their first year and learned to count on him for advice and friendship.
“Jon was such a kind person, he was welcoming. His room was the one we would always go hang out in,” Moran recalled. “What was really cool about Jon was he was incredibly smart — top of his class — and yet the most humble person I’ve ever met. He was easy to talk to and he always laughed at my jokes, even though they were never as funny as his own.”
Ultimately, Jon’s friends and family hope his leadership, dedication and compassion will inspire the next generation of doctors and researchers and allow them to pursue their academic goals through the support of his scholarship. They want others to learn from both his enthusiasm for the medical field, as well as the ways in which he created a full, meaningful life for himself and those who knew him.
“Being a doctor is such a challenging career, especially right now, as they put their lives at risk for us every day,” Erica said. “It takes a special person to go into that, and anything we can do to help the next generation of people who are innately that giving and kind is important. Now more than ever, we need doctors who care so wholeheartedly about the world.”
To learn more about the Jon Marc Finamore '11 Scholarship at the University of Delaware, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Gifts can also be made through www.udel.edu/makeagift by selecting the “Other” designation and searching for the Jon Marc Finamore '11 Scholarship.
Article by Dara McBride for UDaily. Photos courtesy of Erica Cohen Finamore and Haley Richter Photography. July 14, 2020