Death of MU student impacts the university community

Alex Geli

David Frankowski was full of life. In fact, he devoted much of his college career to life.

As a 21-year-old junior at Millersville University, Frankowski majored in biology with a molecular biology concentration. He was also involved in the biology club.

David Frankowski died Thursday, Sept. 4 in his off-campus apartment.
David Frankowski died Thursday, Sept. 4 in his off-campus apartment.

On Thursday, Sept. 4, Frankowski was found dead in his off-campus apartment at Hershey Heritage Village, on Wabank Road.

Lancaster County coroner Stephen Diamantoni ruled the death was caused by accidental asphyxia.

Based on his findings at the scene, there was no sign of forced entry, nor was there evidence of foul play.

Manheim Township police are currently investigating Frankowksi’s death.

“We are investigating, but anything beyond that would be inappropriate for me to comment on,” Lt. Tom Rudzinski said.

Frankowski’s death has taken the university by surprise.

“It’s a very sad time,” Millersville spokeswoman Janet Kacskos said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and his family.”

Former teachers had similar reactions.

“I had a very brief interaction with David. … But, in that time, he struck me as a quiet yet very polite young man,” Dr. John Wallace, professor of biology, said in an email. “As a parent, I can not imagine what his folks are going through, but our thoughts are with them.”

Frankowski was also in one of Dr. Julie Ambler’s final courses before retiring, Principles of Ecology and Evolution, in the 2014 spring semester.

She lauded Frankowski’s work ethic after missing weeks of school from being in the hospital, his talent and character.

“I remember David’s smile. He was a friendly, kind person who worked well with the other students. He was an excellent student and I am so sorry to hear that he has passed and will not be able to continue to share his talents and life with others.”

Aside from being involved in the biology club, Frankowski volunteered with Helping Paws, a university organization spearheading efforts to help injured and feral animals.

In fact, according to his obituary in the Bucks County Courier Times–which covers Frankowski’s hometown of Bristol, Pennsylvania–you could often see him with his rescue dog, Bubbles.

Frankowski is survived by his mother, Barbara Frankowski, and two brothers, Daniel Frankowski and Brian Frankowski.