David Shrider, 52, fell 150-feet down a mountain peak in Alaska on Friday and was pronounced dead at the scene
A beloved business professor at Miami University has died after falling 150-feet down the peak of a mountain he was climbing in Alaska.
David Shrider, 52, was climbing the 6,696-foot high Donoho Peak with his son and four other friends and family members on Friday, in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.
They were halfway up the peak when he fell, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
His body was recovered the next day.
Prior to the fall, officials said, ‘a family member in the hiking group reported that he asked for help and then rolled approximately 150-feet down a slope. When a member of the group found him, he was dead.’
Troopers did not specify why he asked for help at that moment, but the National Parks Service describes the hike as ‘strenuous.’
His son then reportedly called 911, and Alaska State Troopers said they received a call about a hiker’s death just after 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The park’s search and rescue team and Alaska State Troopers used a helicopter to recover his body at around 1:30 p.m. the next day.
His body was taken to the McCarthy Airport, the Anchorage Daily News reports, and will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage, so an official cause of death could be determined.
Shrider was climbing Donoho Peak in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve near Kennecott (pictured) at the time of the incident
There have been several rescues at the park (pictured) over the past month
Shrider graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with degrees in finance and economics in 1992.
He returned as a professor there in 2004, and has served as the director of Global Business Programs since 2017, the Farmer School of Business wrote in a Facebook post following the news of his death.
‘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 school wrote in a statement.
‘His positive impact and connection with his students was immeasurable, and resulted in his being named the Outstanding Professor by the Miami University Associate Student Government in 2020.’
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children.’
The Miami University Athletics’ Department also tweeted: ‘Our deepest condolences to the Shrider family on the sudden loss of a beloved husband, father, son and friend, David.’
Shrider, left, was named Outstanding Professor by the Miami University Associate Student Government in 2020. He is pictured here with Mary Rogero at a passive house construction site in 2015
Schrider had graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1992 and became a business professor at the school in 2004. He has served as the director of Global Business Programs since 2017
The department called him ‘a staple within athletics for many years as an avid supporter, board member and son to former Athletic Director, Dick Shrider.
‘The epitome of Love and Honor, David will be missed.’
And a former student, who only identifies himself as Chad on Twitter, wrote: ‘Dr. Shrider was my favorite professor at Miami. But, more than that, I considered him a friend.
‘God dammit, I hate that he’s gone. Rest In Peace, David.’
His death comes amid a string of rescues at the 13.2 million-acre national park.
On May 26, a man hiking near the same mountain was rescued after surviving a fall hundreds of feet down a snow-covered slope and over a cliff, according to the Anchorage Daily News, and on May 31, crews rescued two people whose helicopter had crashed at the park three days earlier.
Then on June 1, the Daily News reports, the Alaska National Guard rescued a dozen mountaineers who were stranded on Klutlan Glacier amid several days of bad weather.
Tributes poured in on social media for Shrider after the university announced his death