Ohio Professor Dies While Hiking With Family, Falling 150 Feet From Alaskan Mountain

by Robert Davis

A professor at Ohio’s Miami University died on Saturday after falling 150 feet from an Alaskan mountain while on a hike with his family.

Professor David Shrider, 52, was hiking with friends and family on Alaska’s Donoho Peak in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve near Kennecott, according to the National Park Service (NPS).

According to the press release, Shrider stopped to take a break shortly before the accident. Then, he asked one of his family members for help before falling 150 feet from a ledge, the NPS said.

By the time a family or group member got to him, Shrider was dead, according to a report by People Magazine. NPS said in a press release that they deployed a search and rescue team to find Shrider. Alaska State Troopers also assisted in the search.

The team used the National Park Service Fire Pro Helicopter to recover the hiker at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, NPS said.

David Shrider, Ohio Professor

Shrider worked as a professor at The Farmer School of Business on Miami University’s campus. After graduating from the university in 1992, he returned to Oxford and began teaching in the Finance Department in 2004.

He also served as the Director of Global Business Programs since 2017, according to the school’s Facebook post.

“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 reads. “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.”

Commenters on the post shared heartfelt stories about their favorite memories with David. They also wished the family well in their time of grieving.

“David truly epitomized the teacher-scholar model at the heart of Miami’s mission,” one commenter wrote. “In every area he was a stellar example for the rest of us to follow. RIP my friend, an enormous hole has been left in our hearts. I’ll be eternally grateful for the time I got to spend with you, and for the honor of having you as a friend and colleague.”

Another commenter described the event as simply “heartbreaking.”

“[I have] so many fond memories of David from high school. Always had a smile, kind hearted, and genuine. Sending heartfelt condolences to his family,” the post says.

A GoFundMe page for David’s family has already raised over $8,600 of its $10,000 goal.

Hiking Safety 101

NPS says there are several things hikers can do to stay safe on the trails.

First, hikers must know their limits. People with little experience should not be trying to summit a 14er on their first try. Overexertion is one of the most common injuries on the trails.

Second, planning is very important. From the routes and trails that will be taken to the food and supplies brought, hikers need to plan ahead before they show up at the park. Leaving a trip plan with loved ones is also recommended. Trip plans tell others about the hike or adventure and can help rescue authorities find lost or injured outdoorsperson’s.