July 23, 2009
DURHAM, N.H. -- Former EOS graduate student Cary Girod was killed in a bicycle accident in Washington State on July 8. Girod was bicycling with her boyfriend, Nils Sorensen, along the Pacific Coast near Raymond when a van drifted into the shoulder of the road and struck both of them. Sorensen was seriously injured; Girod died after being taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was 31 years old.
Girod graduated from UNH in 2005 with a master's degree in natural resources. Among other things, she studied fire risk and carbon storage in plants. Her adviser was associate professor George Hurtt of the Complex Systems Research Center. Girod published her work in a peer-reviewed journal, and received a graduate fellowship from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003 to study the relationship between fire suppression and carbon storage. For the past year she taught at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The EOS community is greatly saddened by the loss of such a promising and spirited life, and we express our deepest condolences to Cary's family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25 in the courtyard of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols campus.
A tribute to Girod was published in the Boston Globe on July 22. See link below.