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Service Saturday for Evan North, 28, formerly of Woodside

 

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Evan Armstrong North, a graduate student at Georgetown University who lived his early years in Woodside, died April 4 while working out on a treadmill at the Yates Field House on campus. He was 28.

There was no prior known health condition, and the cause of death has not yet been determined, the family said.

A funeral service will be held at the Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30.

Mr. North was in his fourth year at Georgetown, having in 2009 obtained a master's degree in global, international, and comparative studies, and in 2010 passed his doctoral qualifying examination. His special interest was modern economic history.

Born at Stanford Hospital in 1982, he attended the Nueva School in Hillsborough from pre-K though eighth-grade, spent a year at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, and then finished high school at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Maryland.

He graduated with honors in history from Harvard University in 2005. He toured the red rock canyon country of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, writing for the Harvard "Let's Go" student guidebook series.

Following his graduation from Harvard, he returned to Escalante, Utah, to work through the summer and fall as an assistant wilderness guide. He then came back to the Washington, D.C., area, where he lived and worked on Capitol Hill.

He played the leading role of Dr. Thomas Stockmann in a production of Henryk Ibsen's play, "An Enemy of the People." He sang bass with the Thomas Circle Singers and was active in a Quaker youth group.

His interest in the history of science led him to construct a website, keplersdiscovery.com, portraying the thinking leading to Johannes Kepler's insight that earth and other planets revolve around the sun.

He loved skiing, swimming, kayaking, and single-scull rowing. He and his father shared many hiking trips in redwood forests and the high Sierra. He combined intensity of scholarship, a love of nature, and a passion for teaching and helping others, his family said.

Evan North is survived by his mother, Diane Tarantino North of Flat Rock, North Carolina; his father, D. Warner North of Belmont, California; his grandmother, Margaret Peters North of San Francisco; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service was held at the Dahlgren Chapel in Georgetown University on April 16.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Evan Armstrong North Memorial Fund, Georgetown University Advancement Office, P.O. Box 571253, Washington, DC 20057-1253.

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