NMU Professor dies while cross-country skiing

A Professor at Northern Michigan University died Sunday following a medical incident on a cross-country ski trail in Marquette.

Officers from the Marquette City Police Department say 49-year-old John Baye Anderton was cross-country skiing on the Fit Strip near Lincoln Avenue shortly before 5:00 p.m when he suffered a medical complication. Anderton was discovered by two other skiers who called 911.

Upon arrival, officers attempted to use their Automated External Defibrillator device on Anderton, which directed them to perform CPR. Anderton was transported to Marquette General Hospital, but his resuscitation was unsuccessful.

Doctor Anderton began teaching at NMU in 1999. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Earth Science from the University in 1987.

Marquette City Police were assisted at the scene by Marquette General EMS and the Marquette City Fire Department.