Online public health school student dies in Pennsylvania

Second-year public health school student Kaitlyn Fisher died earlier this month, according to an email statement from the school’s dean Saturday.

Lynn Goldman, the dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, said Fisher’s family informed the University of her death earlier this week. Fisher was enrolled in the school’s online master’s of public health program, she said.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write to you regarding a tragic loss to our community,” Goldman said in the statement, sent to students, faculty and staff at the school. “On behalf of the George Washington community, our thoughts and prayers go out to Katie’s friends and family.”

Fisher died Sept. 3 in Lebanon, Pa., according to her obituary in the Time Herald-Record. She was 23-years-old.

Neither Goldman’s statement nor Fisher’s obituary include a cause of death.

Fisher received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, graduating cum laude in 2016, before enrolling at GW later that year, according to her obituary.

Fisher loved to travel and went on mission trips to help children in Africa and Peru. She also volunteered with special needs students, organized local blood drives and raised puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a charity that provides guide dogs to the blind, according to the obituary.

“Katie thoroughly enjoyed and embraced life,” the obituary read. “Her sunshine smile has been etched in the hearts and minds of all who were blessed enough to know her.”

Goldman encouraged students to seek help from Mental Health Services if they are in need of support.

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