CORRECTION: A subsequent article contains a more complete report of events. Taryn King died at the hospital, not in the ambulance.
A Bowdoin student died of unknown causes while studying in Ireland, the College announced Thursday. Taryn King '07 was studying abroad through a Butler University program at the National University of Ireland in Galway.
Dean of Student Affairs Craig Bradley said that a Butler official told him that King mentioned to a roommate before bed that she was feeling ill. She reportedly woke up at approximately 11 a.m. local time Thursday and asked a roommate to call for emergency assistance. She died on the way to the hospital.
Bradley said that according to the program official, an emergency room doctor was unable to initially identify the cause of death. Additional details were not available.
Bradley said that counselors and deans are available to provide support at any time by calling Security.
In an all-campus email sent Thursday evening, President Barry Mills said King was "a very well-known and greatly admired member of our community."
While at Bowdoin, King majored in psychology and minored in education. In November, she received First-Team All-American honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association for her role on the record-setting Bowdoin Field Hockey Team. In his statement, Mills called King "one of the most talented field hockey players in Bowdoin history." She was also a member of the lacrosse team.
King had been participating in the Butler University Institute for Study Abroad program since early January.
King grew up in Georgetown, Massachusetts. She was the oldest of five children.
Bradley said that the College is in the process of planning a memorial service. A retrospective of King's life will appear in next week's Orient.