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Troy Quinn, former associate director of admissions at Morgan State University who passed away on Jan. 31, with son Anthony Quinn. (Photo courtesy of Alyce Barrett)

Troy Quinn, associate director of admissions for Morgan State University, died Jan. 31 at the age of 47, after a battle with cancer. Friends and family remember a generous spirit, devoted to his family, who used his position to help countless students navigate the admissions and financial aid process, extending to them the promise of a college education.

Quinn was born on May 15, 1967, in New Orleans, La. After he graduated from high school in 1984, Quinn came to Baltimore to study at Morgan State University, and made the city as well as the school his home, quickly moving to serve a community in which he had just arrived which exemplified his generosity of spirit.

“He saw a need, that there were a lack of mentors at the high school (Lake Clifton Eastern), and he thought, ‘What better way to provide some guidance and leadership for those students at the high school by organizing other young men from the university that have similar interests to go and work with these students?’” said Weyden Wedderburn, Quinn’s friend for over 25 years, who met Quinn while serving as student president when Quinn was looking for resources for his mentorship initiative.

Quinn also served as an ambassador for the Office of Admissions while a student at Morgan, a role he played so well that he was hired as a recruiter for the office after completing his studies in political science. Quinn would eventually become the associate director of admissions for Morgan, helping countless students achieve their goal of studying at the university.

“He was a very kind and generous person,” said Wedderburn. “He went out of his way to help so many people. He was the type of person that, if he assisted you one year and wasn’t able to really fulfill all of your requests, he would remember, and then the following year would call you and ask you, are you still in need, and he would do whatever he could to fulfill that need.”

The assistance Quinn provided to so many over the years had a lasting impact that is not readily forgotten by those he helped through his role in admissions.

“Kids that graduated a long time ago still find ways to contact us and just say, ‘Troy’s the reason I went to college,’” said Alyce Barrett, Quinn’s sister.

Barrett also remembers a doting father, whose tireless commitment to the university and its students was only surpassed by his love for his family and friends.

“He was very committed to his family, meaning in New Orleans – his sibling, his parents, his extended family, his grandparents. And once he moved to Maryland and he started his family, he was fiercely committed to his up until the very end,” said Barrett.

Quinn would always make sure to spend as much time as possible with his children Anthony and Brielyn Quinn, loving to take them to birthday parties on weekends and having no problem waking up at all hours of the night to attend to his son when Anthony could not sleep, despite the busy schedule he maintained at work. But Quinn was always a servant, whether to his family or the community at Morgan that may as well have been family.

“We will miss him terribly,” said Barrett.

Quinn was preceded in death by grandparents Junius and Lollie Quinn, and Anna Mae Larkins; and his biological father Earl Quinn. He is survived by grandfather Leonard Larkins Sr.; his parents Winoma Larkins and Alvin Jackson; his friend and father-in-law, Herman Charity; his wife, Kim Charity Quinn; his two children, Anthony and Brielyn Quinn; his sister, Alyce Barrett and her husband, Nicholas Bartholomew Barrett; his sisters Zuyapa and Revan Jackson; his niece and nephew, Nicholas Barrett II, and Chloe Barrett; six uncles, three aunts, and the entire Quinn family; and friends Don, Gregory, Annette, Weyden, Avery, and Sam, his brothers and sisters by choice.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Howell’s Funeral Home in Jessup. Md., (10220 Guilford Rd.) from 2-5 p.m. Quinn’s funeral will be held on Monday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville, Md. (2150 Mount View Rd.).


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