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Popular professor dies after falling down mountain in Alaska

McCarthy airport, with Bonanza Ridge in background, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Istock

Story at a glance

  • An Ohio educator has died after falling nearly 150 feet while hiking at an Alaska national park, authorities said Saturday.
  • Authorities said Shrider asked others in his group for help before the incident, but they did not specify whether Shrider’s request was related to the fall.
  • A Facebook post from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University said Shrider graduated from the university with two degrees in 1992 before returning to teach at the business school in 2004.

An Ohio educator has died after falling nearly 150 feet while hiking at an Alaska national park, authorities said Saturday.

Fifty-two-year-old David Shrider, a finance professor at Miami University in Ohio, was hiking with friends and family at Donoho Peak at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Authorities said in a report that Shrider asked others in his group for help before the incident, but they did not say whether Shrider’s request was related to the fall. 


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Search and rescue teams recovered Shrider’s body, which was sent to the State Medical Examiner in Anchorage for an autopsy, according to Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Facebook post from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University said Shrider graduated from the university with two degrees in 1992 before returning to teach at the business school in 2004. Shrider had headed the Global Business Programs since 2017. 


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“David was much loved as a valuable friend and colleague of many at the Farmer School, Miami University and the Oxford community at large,” the post said. “His positive impact and connection with his students was immeasurable, and resulted in his being named the Outstanding Professor by the Miami University Associated Student Government in 2020.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children,” the post concluded.


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