Ronan Tynan, former member of the Irish Tenors, lectured and sang at Neumann University on May 19 in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development.
Tynan lost both legs at age 20. Despite this personal tragedy, he won 18 gold medals as a paralympic athlete, graduated from medical school, and gained international fame as a member of the Irish Tenors. He has sung at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan, the White House, Yankee Stadium, and numerous benefits for police and firefighters who perished on 9/11.
In his lecture, entitled Hitting the High Notes, Living Life to the Fullest, he attributed his spirit to the belief of others in him. “Life is not a solo flight,” he told the audience. “We all need someone.” He ended the presentation with his signature song, God Bless America.