Memorial service planned for recent Baylor graduate who died after receiving diploma

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Published: May. 22, 2016 at 3:51 PM CDT
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A recent Baylor graduate who died after suffering from an epileptic seizure will be remembered Saturday by friends and family.

Coho Menk, 22, of Mahtomedi, Minn. passed away six days after recieving his degree in neuroscience.

Members of Alpha Tau Omega, Menk's service fraternity organization will hold a memorial service in Waco, Saturday May 28, at 4:00 p.m. at Bobo Spiritual Life Center on 500 Speight Avenue.

A funeral service was held Tuesday in Menk's hometown.

Menk's sister, Britta, said he loved Texas as much as Minnesota.

"I don't know if I'd still be at Baylor if it wasn't for my brother. He made the transition from being a thousand miles away from home the easiest thing. He was someone who if I was in the worst of moods, I could go hang out with him and somehow end up leaving with a sore tummy from laughing so hard," she said.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience from the university.

Baylor Professor of neuroscience Dr. Michael Scullin remembered Menk as an inquisitive student.

"One thing that impressed me about Coho was, this is a guy who was really humble, really generous, really wanted to do things for others. He had strong scientific curiosity, he would come by my office and ask really thoughtful, incisive questions about the material we would talk about. He was a really big hockey fan so he really liked the Minnesota Wild. I think he really wanted to be able to go and work for the Minnesota Wild and say 'hey, look at everything we know about the brain. You should be applying this and help us win a Stanley Cup,'" he said.

During his time at Baylor, Menk was actively involved in the community helping at the Richfield Christian Church as a youth minister teaching kids twice a week.

Menk is survived by his parents, Roger Menk & Beth Messerly, his sister and brother Britta and Spencer, grandparents, Jan Messerly & Tom and Bev Menk.