John P. McGinnis

Omaha, Nebraska

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Today I stumbled across a business card of John McGinnis from when he was Leisure & Arts Editor for the Asian Wall Street Journal. That motivated me to search for him on the web. I am so saddened to read about his death. I worked with John at the University of Missouri Columbia’s Career Center while he was a grad student there. John was one of those amazing students who impressed colleagues with his intelligence, creativity, warmth and caring. He was a talented writer who easily made...

Dear McGinnis Family, I've just now learned of the sad news, and want to let you know what a kind and talented person John was. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Hong Kong, and then hanging out with him and Cecilia in the Northeast. Our deepest condolences for his passing. Best Regards, Sheila Salido Jordan

Dear McGinnins family -
I echo the many comments here about your beloved son, John. He clearly left a lasting and positive effect on so many people. I got to know John when he was a student intern at Notre Dame Magazine where I am an assoicate editor. He was one of the nicest and best that I've ever seen in 30 years with the magazine. I am stunned and deeply saddened by our loss of him.

It breaks my heart to learn John is no longer in the world. He was a prince. We met in 1984 and it didn't take long to love his smile and his big laugh and to admire his brilliant ideas and the conviction of his principles.

I remember a seminar we had together during our sophomore year at Notre Dame. When the professor didn't show up one morning, John fearlessly got up in front of a class of twenty year olds who were too cool for school. He said his parents were teachers and led us...

John was a college friend of mine when I lived in Badin and he in Howard. I even had a little crush on him back then. John helped this floundering architecture student remember a love of literature and helped me find the courage to leave ND and pursue an English education degree elsewhere. I remember a great visit to his group apartment in Chicago where a roommate made us all fiery hot wings... and I picked up the Wall Street Journal for the first time in my life looking for his bylines. ...

I was so sad and shocked to hear about John's passing. I remember him so fondly when I was in high school. He was such a nice guy. He will be missed
Jennifer Wachter(San Franciscu, CA)

Dear McGinnis Family,

We're so sorry to hear your sad news. John was just a good, solid, decent and positive person - one of the guys but someone who made Howard Hall a more special place by his presence and contributions. Mike Kokol's testimonial shows that John's life became even fuller and more inspiring after graduation. That makes this tragedy harder to understand. But it was our good luck to know him while we could. John was ND, and we're all better for it. God bless...

I'm so sad and shocked to hear about John's death. I met him back in the early '90s when we both worked at the Asian Wall St. Journal in Hong Kong. We were both from the Midwest and got along really well. He could always make me laugh with his sense of humor. He could always see the funny side of things. He had a kind heart and genuinely cared about other people. I know that everyone who knew him must feel the same way.

To all the McGinnis family:

I have been praying for John and all of you since I read of his death. I remember John fondly and well from Creighton Prep, and I always enjoyed hearing about his life journey later on from Jeff. He was a truly remarkable man: so very bright but with a generous heart and winning personality that allowed him to carry his impressive gifts with such humor and grace. You will all stay in my prayers.


John's Obituary

John McGinnis passed away in Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral Home Services for John are being provided by John A. Gentleman Mortuaries. The obituary was featured in Omaha World-Herald on August 19, 2010.