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Survivor of the 1996 Mt. Everest Climb to lecture at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - March 25, 1998

Beck Weathers, M.D., survivor of the May 1996 Mt. Everest Climb, will lecture on his memoir of hope, Miracle on Everest: Surviving Against All Odds, at Loyola University New Orleans on Wednesday, April 15, 1998. The presentation is part of the Father Carter Lecture Series, which brings to Loyola speakers who embody the values of the Jesuit order and former Loyola president, Fr. James C. Carter, S.J.

Weathers received a bachelor’s degree from Midwestern University and a Doctor of Medicine from Southwestern Medical School. His professional experience includes teaching at Harvard Medical School and working as a partner in Irving Pathologists, Inc. He has served as co-medical director at Medical City Dallas Hospital and National Health Laboratories since 1977.

Weathers ascended Mt. Everest in 1996, when he was unexpectedly caught in a blizzard that brought him into unconsciousness and a hypothermic coma. Left for dead two times, Weathers miraculously awoke alone sixteen hours later, realizing he would die if he did not find his way back to camp.

Of his incredible story, Weathers says, “if an ordinary person was able to survive these experiences and come out not just alive, but improved, so can anyone.” Weathers’ survival story is one about the successful human struggle against the forces of nature, the surmounting of great physical and psychological challenges, and a triumph of the human spirit.

Weathers’ lecture will be on Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the communications/music complex at Loyola University. Free and open to Loyola faculty, staff, and students. Free and open to the general public; however, seating is limited. For more information, please call the Office of Public Affairs at 861-5888.