Pacific grad student dies after workplace fall
A Pacific University graduate student died Sunday, April 14, three days after suffering a fatal off-campus workplace injury, according to Pacific president Lesley Hallick.
Theodore Erickson, 27, a first-year student in the Pacific University College of Optometry, suffered a brain injury on Thursday, April 11. According to reports from family on social media, Erickson was working his first day at a new job in construction and demolition when he fell and suffered an "unsurvivable brain injury."
Erickson died Sunday at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
According to Aaron Corvin, a spokesman with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Erickson worked at Complete Recycling & Demolition, a Georgia-based company which operates in Hillsboro. A workplace fatality investigation is underway, Corvin said.
Erickson lived in Forest Grove, and began his graduate studies this year at Pacific, having earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
In a post on Facebook, Erickson's father, George Erickson, said his son had taken the spring semester off from optometry school to work.
In a Monday morning email to staff and students, Hallick wrote that Erickson, who grew up in Minnesota, was an organ donor. After his fall Thursday he was "surrounded by family and friends from Minnesota, as well as many students from Pacific University," Hallick said, while donor matches were sought.
George Erickson, said his son's organ donation saved five lives, after doctors were able to donate his heart, liver, pancreas, lungs and kidneys.
"I wanted to share this because of his choice to donate and of lives that he is saving," George Erickson wrote. "I do not know how I am going to move on without him, but I hope with all of my family and friends it will make it easier."
A candlelight vigil to honor Erickson was held Monday night on the Forest Grove campus.?
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