Popular professor tumbles 150ft off mountain to his death while hiking with son

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A popular university professor plunged 150ft to his death while hiking with his son.

Miami University academic David Shrider, 52, died while climbing the Donoho Peak in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

He was walking with his son and four other family members and friends when he reportedly asked for help shortly before his deadly fall, the Sun reports.

Officials say he was dead when a member of the group found him following the tragedy on Friday, before his body was recovered the following day by helicopter.

Staff at Miami University in Ohio hailed Shrider a "valuable colleague and friend" following his death.

A Facebook post from the university's Farmer School of Business said: "Shrider was a professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the school's director of global business programs.

"He graduated from Miami University in 1992 and became a professor there in 2004.

"David was much loved as a valuable friend and colleague of many at the Farmer School, Miami University, and the Oxford community at large.

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"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."

Miami University's athletics department also paid tribute to the late Mr Shrider.

"Our deepest condolences to the Shrider family on the sudden loss of a beloved husband, father, son & friend, David," they tweeted.

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"A staple within Athletics for many years as an avid supporter, board member & son to former AD, Dick Shrider.

"The epitome of Love & Honor, David will be missed."

Donoho Peak has a peak of almost 7,000ft and the group were halfway up when Mr Shrider tragically fell. The National Parks Service described the hike they were on as "strenuous".

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.

Mr Shrider's body was taken to the McCarthy Airport where it will be transported to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.

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