Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home

352 East 87Th Street, New York, NY


Michael Flynn PhD

December 1, 1962September 24, 2012

Michael Flynn, Ph.D. on September 24, 2012. Michael is survived by his beloved wife Yolanda Rivera and daughters Olivia Isabel Rivera-Flynn and Antonia Carmen Rivera-Flynn. Michael also leaves behind his loving parents Robert and Betsy Flynn and his two brothers Stephen and Patrick Flynn. Dr. Flynn was a Professor of Psychology at York College, an Associate Director of the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a practicing Psychotherapist. Funeral Service will be held Friday, September 28, 2012 at Corpus Christi RC Church, located at 529 West 121st Street, (east of Broadway) New York, NY. Interment will follow at Calvary Cmetery, Woodside, NY In Michael's memory, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rivera Flynn College Fund, PO Box 273, Stockbridge, MA 01262.


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 28, 2012
  • Committal Service Friday, September 28, 2012


Michael Flynn PhD

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Alyson Schacherer

May 13, 2013

I just learned of Michael's passing and offer continued support for his family and friends.

He was my therapist and rarely a day goes by that I am not grateful for the things I learned with his gentle guidance.

Words seem to fall short in these instances . . . may you all find ease and comfort knowing he lives on in so many ways.

giulia marra

November 22, 2012

When I met Yolanda, Olivia and Antonia, I knew immediately that we would be friends forever; shortly after, we met Michael, and I knew our entire families would be more than friends forever. This Thanksgiving I feel blessed to have the memories of sharing our past holidays together, of sharing food and great conversation with friends who are more than friends. It was never what or what not Michael believed that we loved, but how he believed, through his actions of generosity and love which I am thankful to have been a part of. May his short time on this earth be a reminder to us all of the relationships which we should cherish every moment.

We will be here for you always Yolanda, Olivia, and Antonia.

Happy Thanksgiving
The Marras

The picture is of Michael and Nick.

Linda McKinzie-Daugherty

November 21, 2012

I was very sorry to hear belatedly about Dr. Flynn. He was an admired colleague. He bent over backwards to be of service to his students. Gone too soon... Definitely not forgotten! Condolences to his biological family and family of students who are grieving. One of his former students just sent me the information about this guest book.

Diane Cuatrecasas Peters

November 20, 2012

Dear Yolanda, Olivia, and Antonia,
As your cousin, who has unfortunately always lived far away from you and Michael, I would like to express my very deepest sympathy for the loss of Michael. I have wonderful memories of him and was always amazed by what an outstanding and perfect couple you two were. I am so sorry for the pain you are going through now and how much you must miss your best friend, husband, and father of your beautiful girls. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these guest book entries and am not surprised to hear all of the warm, thoughtful, and kind words written about such a special person. May you feel the deep love and support from all of us that are too far away to share on a daily basis!

Latresha Richards

November 10, 2012

The best psychology professor I ever had. He challenged all his students to think outside the box and beyond Oprah (lol). Forever he will be missed. To the family- "With a heavy heart..., I extend my deepest condolences."

Patrick Flynn

October 10, 2012

I'm Michael's youngest brother, Patrick. All of you, thank you so much for the condolences, thoughts, feelings, anecdotes, and stories about Michael. I crave them. Keep them coming! (picture: the three Flynn brothers with two Ferry cousins; Michael on right, middle brother Steve on left, and me, the smallest)

Pamela Sherrill

October 9, 2012

To the family of Prof. Michael Flynn. I give you my heartfelt condolence. Prof. Flynn was a dynamic speaker and very passionate about his courses. He will be missed.

Manuela Schaudt

October 2, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss and I send my deepest sympathy. I knew Michael through school, both John Jay College and York College. Michael was such an incredible inspiration in my life. He was an amazing person who made you think and always listened. He had such a profound affect on those he met, and even though I did not see him over the last year, his words of wisdom always came to mind and will continue to do so. A true treasure always.

Karen Malpede

October 2, 2012

Dear Yollie, Olivia and Antonia,
I have just heard of Michael's death. I remember so well the many, many events he organized with Chuck and what I especially remember, is his loving gaze at the three of you--at parties at Chuck's house, at Center events. Michael was a wonderful colleague--quick and opinionated, kind and bravely brilliant. I had a couple of great arguments with him, great because there was no rancor, just ideas. He loved you so much so clearly; he positively beamed always when looking at any one of you and I am so very sorry for your loss. Michael's death is a loss to all of us who cherish the intellect, the good debate, and love between people. In sorrow, with fondness, Karen Malpede

October 2, 2012

Dear Yolanda, Olivia, and Antonia, please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband and father. I had the privilege of knowing Michael because I took one of his classes at John Jay and through working with he and Chuck and Andrea at the Center on Terrorism. Michael was the best teacher I ever had. He drove the class hard and made us question everything - because he questioned everything. He taught me that you can always learn more. I will be thinking of you in the days and months ahead and join with you in missing Michael, who was/is one of the most alive people that God put on earth. God bless you. Esther Cassidy.