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  Canadian Mt. Everest 2005: Messages to the family and friends of Canadian Dr Sean Egan who died on Mount Everest


Dr Sean Egan

 

 

We are saddened by the news today of Professor Sean Egan’s death on Mount Everest and wish to extend our condolences to his family and friends on behalf of the University of Ottawa. Sean has been an important contributor to the academic fabric of our institution since 1977 and it is hard to imagine this campus without him.

 

At 63, Sean taught us all to follow our dreams regardless of the obstacles. His academic accomplishments in human kinetics are impressive and he has nourished the minds of thousands of students who have passed through the halls of this University.  His expertise and innovation were greatly admired by colleagues in his field.

 

Sean was a published author with his book, The Psychology of Health: In Pursuit of Wellness, now in its second edition. He earned his Diploma in Education in Waterford in Ireland, completed a BA in Literature atUniversity College Dublin, a DES in physical education at ENSEPS in Paris, and a PhD in Sport Psychology and Motor Learning at the University of Oregon.

 

We would also like to pass on our condolences to Terry Kell and the entire team at Kanatek Technologies.

 

Our thoughts accompany the climbers who are still on Mount Everest.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Gilles G. Patry

President and Vice-Chancellor

University of Ottawa

 

Sean, who will be missed...

Dr Sean Egan Thank You, I am sadden, but happy you lived.

Sean Egan was a professor of mine for for the past 5 years.  He was someone who I truly admired and respected.  His passion for all aspects of health and wellnesss was remarquable.  He will be very sadly missed and never forgotten.  He was the best professor and a friend that I will always remember.  I am shocked by his death but comforted in knowing that he died while doing what he loved. Sophie

God bless you Sean: I graduated two years ago in human kinetics at Ottawa U. Sean was one of my teachers during the four years I spent in the program. He was not only the best teacher I ever had, but he was also a friend. I will always remember him as one the most in shape person I ever met. Just to tell you what kind of man he was, I remember him running the BIP TEST with  me in one of his course (Training method). What amazed me is the fact that he ran with me (for about twelve minutes) because I was the only one left in the group. He did that right after he had just run with another group. Also, in a soccer course I was taking with him, he would run and play with us as if he was our age. He was amazing. The news of his death shocked me. But I find comfort that it happens while he was doing what he loved. May God bless you Sean. May He give comfort to all your friends and loved one. Mac

Sean was a professor of mine and someone who I truly admired and who was quite inspirational to me. I had read and heard about some of the amazing feats of physical and mental toughness he had accomplished and of his cycling trip from Vancouver to Ottawa that he did last summer and it sparked a great deal of interest in me. He took about an hour out of his busy schedule to sit down with me and tell me all about it and what I could expect. I'll be doing this trip in a year from now and I can guarantee you that he will be on my mind every day. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. Brian 

Hello. I am a regular visitor to your site. As a fellow Canadian I was shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Egan's death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Heather Courage Newfoundland Canada

I am shocked and saddened by the news about Sean’s death.  I met Sean in 2000 at Everest base camp and we have been friends since. He invited me to join his expedition this year, unfortunately I had different plans for the Spring season. We agreed to get together in Kathmandu after the expedition. Rest in peace my friend. Wherever you are, in your own words “…keep smiling, lad”. Ray Yeritsian. California, USA.

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Update: Earlier this morning, Canadian Dr Sean Egan who was leading an expedition on Mount Everest, collapsed and died on his way down the mountain. It was Dr Egan’s third trip to the mountain, and it was to be his first summit attempt.

Dr Egan had been suffering from a respiratory infection, since arriving at Base Camp on Mount Everest and had decided to head down the mountain to a lower altitude to aid his recovery and to seek further medical advice. He was in Dughla, on his way to Pheriche, when it is believed he suffered a cardiac arrest, just before noon on Friday April 29th.

Dr Egan was a professor of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.

His body is being transported to Kathmandu before being brought back to Canada.

More details will be made available as they become known.

Dispatches

 

 

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