Georgetown student dies over spring break

Update March 11 2:50 pm: Georgetown Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh sent Vox a written statement on Adamsson’s death:

The university has learned from Mark’s family that the cause of his death was lung and heart failure due to medical reasons. The family has asked us to share that news. … I can confirm that these medical reasons were due to natural causes.

Original Post: Vox was saddened to learn of the death of Georgetown undergraduate Mark Adamsson (SFS ’15) in the Dominican Republic, “where he was traveling on spring break with a number of his Georgetown classmates,” according to an email by Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson. We’ve asked Olson to contact us when he has any more information for the media.

Olson’s full email is posted after the jump.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am writing to share some very sad news about a member of our undergraduate community.  Georgetown officials have been notified that Mark Adamsson (SFS ’15) died in the Dominican Republic where he was traveling on spring break with a number of his Georgetown classmates.

I am deeply saddened by this news and know that it is difficult for the many members of the Georgetown community who know Mark.  Please join our Georgetown community in remembering Mark’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Georgetown officials have been in touch with Mark’s family and will continue to provide support and assistance to them.

Please know that campus resources are available to students who may be coping with this news and feelings of sorrow and grief.  Counseling staff, chaplains in residence and residence life staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to students in need of personal support.

The Office of Campus Ministry is available to all students during business hours by calling (202) 687-5259. In addition, Chaplains in residence may be reached after hours by calling (202) 677-0361. A CAPS staff member is on call after hours and on weekends and can be reached by contacting the page operator at (202) 444-7243.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family, friends and everyone in our community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Todd A. Olson
Vice President for Student Affairs

10 Comments on “Georgetown student dies over spring break

  1. I really like when vox pop reposts letters that are sent to the entire student body. It’s quite helpful.

  2. Hey O Rly–this blog is for students, faculty, residents of the Georgetown neighborhood, alumni, and whoever the hell else feels like reading it. As an alum who did not receive this email, I appreciate its being posted here.

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  4. “Died” is so informal. It should be “passed away.” My condolences.

  5. O rly and Rif Raf, what is wrong with you? You think you are hilarious hiding behind the anonymity of the internet? How about you grow some courage?

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