Breaking: Graduate student dies in Yates Field House
Today, at 5:41 p.m., Todd Olson, Vice President of Student Affairs sent a campus-wide email, here below, saying that 28-year old doctoral student Evan North had died in Yates Field House last night.
In an email from Colin Brody (COL ’11), president of GERMS, “GERMS did respond to a medical emergency at Yates Field House this afternoon. Unfortunately, due to HIPAA laws, I cannot make a statement beyond that.”
April 5, 2011
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
I am writing to share some sad news. Late on Monday afternoon Evan Armstrong North, a 28-year old doctoral student with roots in Maryland and Northern California, collapsed after exercising at Yates Field House. Yates staff responded immediately and tried to revive him before GERMS arrived. GERMS transported Evan to Georgetown University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Since then, University officials have been working to notify Evan’s immediate family and provide support to them during this time.
Evan was pursuing his PhD in history at Georgetown, after earning his masters degree here. During his time on campus, he was engaged as a teaching assistant for a number of undergraduate history courses and was active within the history department’s graduate program. Faculty and students in the history department are working with Campus Ministry to make appropriate arrangements for a memorial service on campus in consultation with Evan’s family. Notes of condolence and sympathy are being coordinated through the history department, ICC 600, for distribution to Evan’s family.
This is understandably difficult news for many individuals. Please know that the Office of Campus Ministry and Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) can provide support 24/7 for students experiencing difficulties. To reach a campus minister on duty after hours call (202) 668-3195. To page a staff member on duty at CAPS after hours please call (202) 444-PAGE. Students needing to address specific academic matters as a result of this may contact their respective dean’s office for assistance as well. Faculty and staff can contact the faculty and staff assistance program at (202) 687-2409.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Evan’s family and friends during this time.
Dr. Todd A. Olson
Vice President for Student Affairs