Ph.D. Student Dies After Collapse in Yates
Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 03:04
A doctoral candidate collapsed after exercising in Yates Field House Monday afternoon and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Georgetown University Hospital.
According to an email sent to the campus community Tuesday afternoon, Evan Armstrong North collapsed inside the gymnasium. Yates staff immediately responded and notified Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Services.
According to GERMS President Colin Brody, GERMS was dispatched at 4:14 p.m., within five minutes of the initial call. Pete Piringer, spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Services, said that his unit was dispatched at 4:18 p.m. but GERMS was already on the scene upon arrival.
"We were able to activate advanced life support units of D.C. Fire and EMS and they assisted us in transporting him to the hospital," Brody said.
He added that the cause of death is unclear at this time.
North's family has been notified, and the university is working with them to arrange a memorial service on campus, Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson said in the email.
North was pursuing a doctorate in history and serving as a teaching assistant for professor Katherine Benton-Cohen's U.S. History Since 1865 class at the time of his death. Benton-Cohen notified students in the class via email earlier today.
"Evan joined the history department's masters and Ph.D. programs several years ago. He won the respect and affection of faculty and students alike, and was the beloved friend of many in the History Department. I delighted in his enthusiasm, good nature, and open-mindedness. This is an unfathomable loss," she said in the email.
Professor Aviel Roshwald, chair of the history department, said that the department is in a state of shock following the sudden death.
"We are having a hard time wrapping our minds around this ... our hearts go out to Evan's parents and loved ones," he said in an email.
In the broadcast email, Olson said that students can send notes of condolence to North's family through the history department. Roshwald also emphasized the importance of community and support in the face of tragedy.
"Evan was such a valued member of the department, much loved as a friend by many of his fellow graduate students and held in deep affection and respect by the faculty. He was a truly humble person of great talent and with a passionate thirst for knowledge, which he also imparted to his students in classes where he taught as a TA," Roshwald said.
- Hoya Staff Writers Glenn Russo and Lauren Weber contributed to this report.