(Poughkeepsie, NY) -- It looks like a problem with his climbing gear may have led to the death of Vassar College professor Marco Dees.
Dees, a 33 year old New Paltz resident, was killed last week while climbing a rock wall in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Investigators say a mistake in the use of his climbing gear likely led to his fatal fall. Dees’ climbing partner had to stay on the wall overnight until she was rescued in the morning. Dees was a professor in the Philosophy Department at Vassar College.
Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley says Professor Dees would have been starting his second year at Vassar, teaching several courses again. He previously taught at Bard College in Northern Dutchess County.
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