Northern California professor drowns at Folsom Lake

A professor at Sacramento City College drowned in Folsom Lake on August 1, authorities confirmed to SFGATE on Thursday.

Tanya Rodriguez, 49, drowned at Beals Point on Folsom Lake, a spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said. The investigation was handled by California State Parks.

Rodriguez’s young nephew was present at the time of the drowning, CBS Sacramento reported.

“This child was later found kind of lost in the park by some passerby, and they guided him up to the entry station when they couldn’t find his guardian,” California State Park Superintendent Richard Preston-LeMay said the news outlet.

Rodriguez previously served as an assistant professor at John Jay College in New York, according to her curriculum. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 2007 with a dissertation entitled “Sympathy at the Intersection.”

“It is with great sadness that we share the news that philosophy faculty member Tanya Rodriguez passed away,” a Facebook post shared by Sacramento City College said Monday.

The college said Rodriguez joined the faculty in August 2015 and spent “six years inspiring students with her love of philosophy and wonderful sense of humor.”

“It was a bright presence on our campus and we will all feel the loss like a vibrant soul,” the post said.

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