Georgetown student was ‘calm and kind’

March 10

Stressed out by midterms, Mark Adamsson was looking forward to spending spring break in the Dominican Republic with friends. But the Georgetown University student also had another pursuit in mind: pitching an investment to a student-run equity fund, a friend said.

Adamsson, a junior in the School of Foreign Service, died in the island nation while on spring break, a campus official said Sunday. Georgetown declined to comment further than a campus-wide email announcing his death.

Chantelle Johnson, a friend of Adamsson’s, remembered him as a humble student who had a passion for Africa. In addition to traveling to the continent more than once, she said he served as desk head of Middle East and North Africa for the student-run fund, called Zeeba Investment Group.

Adamsson was “very intellectual, very articulate,” whether he was mastering the French language or demonstrating his extensive knowledge of Africa, Johnson recalled.

“He always kept a very calm and kind demeanor while stating his convictions very firmly,” she said. “He knew what he was talking about, and he wasn’t arrogant about it.”

The last time Johnson saw Adamsson, she said, it was the week before spring break and he was doing what he loved: gauging the group’s interest in African gold mines.

Johnson said Adamsson’s death has left the group with many questions, and she hopes more information is released.

“I just want to know,” Johnson said Monday. “I saw him six days ago, and now he’s gone.”

Originally from Sweden, Adamsson attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., where tennis coach Gregory Wilkin said he had been a brilliant player.

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