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Dartmouth College: Student Dies Following Sudden Illness

Hanover — For the second time in five weeks, a Dartmouth College undergraduate student has died unexpectedly.

Blaine Steinberg, a junior, “fell ill and passed away suddenly this evening at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,” Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon wrote in an email sent to students and staff Friday night.

Steinberg, a native of Wynnewood, Pa., and a graduate of Penn Charter High School in Philadelphia, played lacrosse for the Big Green as a freshman, but later quit the sport after suffering two concussions during competition, according to an article last spring in the college’s student newspaper.

Steinberg was the sports director for the college’s radio station, WFRD. She had been scheduled to help produce the station’s broadcast of the Big Green men’s hockey team’s ECAC playoff game at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday night, said play-by-play broadcaster and station employee Chris Garrett.

In her online biography for the women’s lacrosse team, Steinberg said one of her goals was to become a sports reporter.

Hanlon’s email said 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 members of its community in the basement lounge of Woodward Residence Hall on Friday night and will offer that service at the Dick’s House medical facility from 2 to 4 p.m. today, the email added.

Steinberg’s death follows the Feb. 1 death of Dartmouth junior Torin Tucker, who collapsed during a varsity cross-country ski marathon in Craftsbury, Vt. An autopsy found Tucker had a rare heart defect.