Lightning strike kills University of Idaho professor in Swiss Alps

KREM 2's Amanda Roley reports on a professor who died after being hit by lightning while hiking in the Swiss Alps. (8-1-17)

MOSCOW, Idaho — Faculty and staff at the University of Idaho mourned the death of a faculty member after receiving the news Monday.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty member, Samantha Ramsay was struck by lightning while climbing in the the Swiss Alps. 

A friend of Ramsay said she was always on the go and traveling.

"I will never meet anybody more active than Samantha Ramsay," recalled Shawn O'Neal over the phone. "She talked about going to Switzerland, or Mexico or South America like some of us talk about going to Yakima or going to Spokane or something, that's just who she is."

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben released a statement Tuesday expressing the sadness felt throughout the Vandal family.

"We join the Vandal family in mourning the loss of a talented professor, respected colleague and caring member of the UI community," he said in a statement.

Ramsay lost her husband almost a year ago, and leaves behind her two sons, O'Neal said.

Ramsay received her doctorate from UI in 2010. She was an associate professor of nutrition in the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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