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Rutgers graduate killed in Mount Everest avalanche after Nepal earthquake

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Marisa Eve Girawong (via Facebook)
By Ashley Peskoe | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on April 26, 2015 at 5:27 PM, updated April 26, 2015 at 8:36 PM

A Rutgers graduate from Edison who was working as a doctor with a team of climbers on Mount Everest was killed Saturday in an avalanche caused by a devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Marisa Eve Girawong was a base camp doctor at Madison Mountaineering, a Seattle, Washington-based mountain guide service, according to the organization’s website.

Girawong graduated from Rutgers University Newark College of Arts and Sciences in 2009 with a degree in biology, the University confirmed.

She also completed her medical training at John Stroger Hospital of Chicago in 2012, graduating with a master of medical sciences and physician assistant studies, according to her biography on Madison Mountaineering’s website. Girawong was working on her second master’s degree in mountain medicine at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

“Our hearts go out to the family of Eve Girawong,” the organization’s president and founder Garrett Madison said in a blog post. “She is loved by all of us in base camp and a great addition to our team and helped us tremendously. She will be missed greatly. We are very sorry for her loss.”

Girawong was also an avid rock climber and had made it to the summits of Mt. Washington and Mt. Rainier, her biography said.

In an April 12 post on her Facebook page, Girawong said she had reached her highest altitude to date.

“Officially the highest I’ve been so far at 5,550meters/18,300ft. Never made it last year but finally got to the top of Kala Patthar this year w/ Garrett Madison,” the post said.

Girawong previously worked as a physician assistant at East Orange General Hospital’s emergency room, the hospital said in a statement.

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