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Plaistow teen dies on beach in Scotland

By Jason Schreiber
Union Leader Correspondent

May 21. 2012 11:25PM


PLAISTOW - A Bates College freshman from Plaistow died Saturday after collapsing at a beach while he was studying abroad with other students in Scotland.

Evan Dube, 19, died suddenly when he came ashore after going into the water briefly at a beach on the Shetland Islands, according to Scottish authorities.

Dube was with a group of 10 students from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, who were planning a barbecue at the time of the incident. Dube and the other students were part of a study abroad class participating in the Shetland Islands Climate and Settlement Project, an archaeological research project funded by the National Science Foundation, involving scholars from Bates and other higher education institutions, the college said.

Dube was a 2011 graduate of Timberlane Regional High School.

Friends who were with Dube attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful, Scottish authorities said in a news release. Rescue personnel were called and he was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said the death doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Dube's father, John, is a longtime social studies teacher at Timberlane and is head of the department.

While at Timberlane, Dube was active in theater, played on the volleyball team and competed with Model UN.

'He was an award-winning competitor, a great debater, very bright, a great speaker. He really enjoyed that atmosphere. We were really proud of him,' said Donald Woodworth, school principal.

Students, faculty and staff gathered at Bates College Sunday night to remember Dube, who was pursuing classical studies.

'Bates College has been shaken and deeply saddened to learn that first-year student Evan Dube died on Saturday night, May 19, in the Shetland Islands, Scotland,' the college said in a release.

Dube is being remembered as a student who was 'studious and serious, exuberant and funny - and a caring friend,' the college said, adding, 'He amassed an impressive theatrical resume during his high school years and had already entertained the campus with his performance as the cowboy Virgil in the Department of Theater's production of 'Bus Stop' last fall,' the college said.

Associate Dean of Students James Reese recalled how Dube impressed classmates and others when he won an annual competition to become the first new student to recite the Bates mission statement by heart during orientation for the first-year class last September.

'He spoke every word correctly and in a way that gave every word meaning,' Reese said. Dube wasn't present when the college recognized his win because he left early to get his homework done.

Dean of Students Tedd Goundie notified students of Dube's passing via e-mail Sunday afternoon.

'We will be absorbing this terrible loss for many days and long into the future,' Goundie said in the e-mail. 'Please join me in keeping Evan's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.'

Dube's fellow students in Scotland are receiving grief counseling and will return to Boston on Tuesday.

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