Infectious Disease Ruled Out in Student’s Death

Hanover — Dartmouth College officials said Saturday they did not know if the family of junior Blaine Steinberg, who died Friday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, would ask for an autopsy to determine why she died, but they did rule out a communicable disease as the cause.

“The physicians at DHMC found no indication of any kind of infectious illness or infectious disease,” John Cramer, the college’s associate director for media relations, said Saturday evening. “We’re uncertain if the family is going to have an autopsy at this point.”

Steinberg was a native of Wynnewood, Pa., and a graduate of Penn Charter High School in Philadelphia. Cramer said her funeral was planned for Monday, but had no further details. A memorial service will be held on campus in spring, he said.

Steinberg played lacrosse for Dartmouth as a freshman, but stopped after suffering two concussions, according to an article last spring in the college’s student newspaper. She was the sports director for WFRD, the college’s radio station, and had hoped to become a sports reporter, according to her online biography for the women’s lacrosse team.

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon said in a campuswide email on Friday that college officials had “been in touch with Blaine’s family and shared our deepest condolences with them at this very difficult time.”

The college offered counseling to students and staff over the weekend.

Steinberg is the second Dartmouth undergraduate to die in a little more than a month. Junior Torin Tucker, of Sun Valley, Idaho, died Feb. 1 during a varsity cross country ski marathon in Craftsbury, Vt. An autopsy found Tucker had a rare heart defect.