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Eatonville woman to receive posthumous degree

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on June 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm with No Comments »
June 15, 2012 3:16 pm

An Eatonville woman who died while hiking near Leavenworth last summer will receive a posthumous college degree, The Dispatch in Eatonville reports.

The paper says Pacific Lutheran University is awarding Julia Ann Rutherford a bachelor of science degree.

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.


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