University of Richmond graduate killed in avalanche

University of Richmond graduate killed in avalanche

(WWBT) - A University of Richmond graduate was one of two doctors killed recently in an avalanche in Canada, according to NBC Boston.

Victor Fedorov died when he was buried in an avalanche while snowboarding at Banff National Park in Alberta.

Fedorov was born in Moscow, Russia, and grew up in Richmond. He completed his undergraduate studies at UR and completed his medical and doctoral degrees at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

"He was a very bright young man with a great sense of humor.," Tom Roberts, assistant vice president, UR Recreation and Wellness. "He was captain of the Men's Water Polo Club and would return back to campus annually for reunion games with alumni playing against the students.  I remember him being a tenacious leader that took the Men's Water Polo Club to a very successful and competitive level."

UR officials said Fedorov earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry & molecular biology and chemistry, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and computer science.

"Victor was an outstanding student and a lively presence in every class he took," said Jim Davis, University of Richmond professor of mathematics. "He will be remembered for his insatiable curiosity and his fierce independence. We are deeply saddened by this horrible news."

Fedorov was an internal medicine resident at Massachusetts General Hospital at the time of his death.

"The last two weeks have been extremely difficult and emotional for our community as together we waited, hoped and prayed for a different outcome," a hospital spokesperson told NBC Boston.

Lauren Zeitels, Fedorov's colleague, also died in the avalanche.

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