posted July 22, 2006

Student Dies in Fall from Scaffolding

A Hope College student died Thursday, July 20, from injuries suffered in an overnight fall off construction scaffolding in front of a downtown Holland, Mich. business. Paul E. Baeverstad, 21, a senior engineering major from Fort Wayne, Ind., died at a Grand Rapids Hospital.

President Bultman issued this statement:
"We mourn the tragic death of Paul Baeverstad. He was a beloved student full of so much promise for the future. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, Mark and Katie, and sister, Katrina." 

Paul was a fifth generation Hope College student. Both parents are Hope graduates. He was active in campus student life, serving as an officer of his fraternity. He was a member of the soccer team his freshman year. This summer he was working at a Holland area restaurant.

The will be held Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m., at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Members of Paul's fraternity issued this statement:
The tragic loss of a dear friend is something very difficult to deal with, but Paul Baeverstad will forever live on in our hearts. 

Paul had the unique ability to touch and connect with everyone he met. That speaks volumes to his character. He was a confident individual who knew exactly who he was. His one of a kind laugh, quirky humor and unforgettable smile are some characteristics that made up his personality. His love for the outdoors allowed Paul to experience new things and face new challenges. He was a strong man with a soft heart. Paul found a way to brighten every day and put other people before himself.

Paul was an engineering major who loved being active as well. One could find him on the Frisbee golf course, at the soccer field, skiing down a mountain or simply hanging out and being the great friend he was. Paul was a serving officer of the Cosmopolitan Fraternity and an excellent leader.

Undoubtedly he will be missed and our sympathies go out to his family and anyone who had the privilege to meet him. Memories of Paul will forever be engrained in our hearts and minds. This loss is troublesome, but the memories of such a great man will help carry on the legacy of Paul Eric Baeverstad for all of time.
Matt Moorehead, Brian Charlton, and Scott Neckers of behalf of the Cosmopolitan Fraternity.