Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Student Attempted CPR in Unsuccessful Effort to Save Adjunct Professor at Webster University

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Student Attempted CPR in Unsuccessful Effort to Save Adjunct Professor at Webster University

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The Webster University community is mourning the death Tuesday of Renee Hirshfield, an adjunct professor, who collapsed and died in class.

Hirshfield, 66, of St. Louis, was sitting in a chair typing at a computer and showing images to students at 9:30 a.m. when she started shaking, her voice became slurred and she fell out of her chair, according to Patrick Giblin, director of public relations, global marketing and communications at the university.

Hirshfield was teaching a film class when she collapsed. One student, an EMT, started CPR on her while others called 911 and ran to get other professors. Class was dismissed, but several students remained in the class out of concern for Hirshfield, Giblin said. Paramedics from the Webster Groves Fire Department and officers from the Department of Public Safety continued the aid. Hirshfield was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eric W. Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications, said in a statement that Hirshfield had taught at Webster for two years and was an adjunct professor at Southwestern Illinois College. …

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