An Eatonville woman who died while hiking near Leavenworth last summer will receive a posthumous college degree, The Dispatch in Eatonville reports.
Rutherford, who grew up in in the small East Pierce town, was 21 when she died last July while hiking near Aasgard Pass. She fell down a snow face, slipping through a 5-foot-wide opening and into running water, officials said at the time.
Craig Fryhle, one of her professors at PLU, told The News Tribune last summer that she was “an impressive student” who had a promising future as a scientist.
“She had a lot of tenacity when it came to academic work. If she wanted to solve a problem, there wasn’t much that would hold her back,” he said.