Just a few of weeks ago, Princeton University ended up in the news when one of their professors was declared as the new US Poet Laureate. They are in the headlines again this time, but for a completely different reason, and a very tragic one. Because just recently, one of their professors died fell to her death while directing a summer class in the Himalayas.
In a statement released by the University, they revealed that one of their faculty members died last June 29, 2017. And that is Professor Isabelle Clarke-Deces, who at the time was guiding a class of undergraduate students in the Himalayan region located in the northern part of India. The report also said that the accident took place while she and the others were heading back to their home. Other details about the incident remained undisclosed for various purposes.
Clarke-Deces, who was a noted scholar and a well-loved professor in the university, was in the mountains with a small group of students as part of Princeton University’s annual six-week international stud seminar. She had a bachelor and doctorate degree in anthropology. After graduating from Berkeley, she joined the Princeton University faculty last 2016. And since then, she remained dedicated in teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in countries with exotic regions such as India and etc.
The 61-year old Princeton University Professor also wrote several books and directed the said seminar since it began ten years ago. She was also a huge fan of South Asian studies and has been visiting the countries in the area frequently for the past several years. The messages from her colleague, students and former students have flooded after news of her death broke out. All expressing how much they will miss her and what a great person she was.