Our Pacific Northwest
The University of Washington has announced this week it will award Nolan Roquet with a well-deserved degree. Unfortunately, the dean-listed student with graduate school offers from Stanford and MIT isn’t alive today to accept it. Roquet died September 4, 2012 at the age of 24 after a nearly six-year battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Although Roquet was diagnosed the summer of his freshman year in 2006, The Seattle Times reported Roquet excelled as an engineering student, volunteered at a Ronald McDonald House for children hospitalized with life threatening illnesses, and tutored high school students for the SAT. Roquet was only a few credits from graduating before his death, prompting the Uuiversity to award a rarely given posthumous degree. Empirical magazine would like to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the incredible life of Nolan Roquet, a young man who embodied the Pacific Northwest’s pioneering courage and spirit in the face of insurmountable adversity.