UAF-Geophysical Institute student dies in mountaineering accident

Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2002


The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is saddened to learn of the death of Karoline Frey, a 27-year-old graduate student with the instituteʼs snow, ice and permafrost group.

Frey, a native of Altensteig, Germany, died on March 24 after falling into a crevasse on a small glacier on Item Peak in the Alaska Range. Frey was on a spring break skiing vacation with a group of friends at the time of the accident.

Frey came to the Geophysical Institute in 1999 to study sea-ice geophysics. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. While with the institute, Frey took part in studies of the ice environment in Barrow, Alaska.

“Karoline was a superb student with a tremendous spirit for her work and for life itself. She will be deeply missed by her colleagues,” said Associate Professor Hajo Eicken, Freyʼs thesis advisor at the institute.

Geophysical Institute Director Roger Smith praised Frey for her “dedication to sea-ice research, and for the joy and vitality that Karoline brought to the institute.”   

A memorial service for Frey, to be held at the Geophysical Institute, is now being planned. 

For more information, contact the Geophysical Institute at 474-7558.