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UMW mourns death of senior Robert Ericson

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University of Mary Washington senior Robert “Bob” Ericson passed away yesterday in his apartment on the UMW campus.

Ericson died from what is believed to be unsuspicious causes, according to an announcement sent to the UMW community by school officials.

Ericson was a senior environmental science major who was active in a variety of campus organizations, serving as a member of the university rowing team, as well as the a cappella group One Note Stand. School officials said he recently participated in Relay for Life and was “an avid supporter of Student Government Association activities.”

“Bob was a friend to everyone on both rowing teams,” said UMW rowing coach Richard Wilson in a statement posted to the UMW athletics homepage. “His steady leadership as a captain helped the team through difficult times. No words can express his loss.”

The Fairfax native attended W.T. Woodson High School and was an active Eagle Scout.

Following the news of Ericson’s death, the UMW community took to social media platforms to mourn and express condolences to Ericson’s friends and family.

“We lost an integral member of our family today and cannot express how much we will miss him. Bob, we love you so much,” tweeted Ericson’s a cappella group, One Note Stand.

Grief counseling services from the university’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be provided for community members.

CAPS will be open Sunday from 7–9 p.m. in 411 Lee Hall. On Monday, the CAPS office, 106 Lee Hall, will be open for walk-in grief counseling from 10 a.m. to noon and 1–4 p.m.

The remainder of the week, CAPS will be available for support during its regular hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Any student who needs assistance at a time not listed above can contact Campus Police at 540/654-1025 and ask to speak with a counselor.

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  • Guest

    unsuspicious causes”. More information please.

    • tessa

      From what I’ve heard it was likely due to a medical condition. Beyond that is nobody’s business (including mine), unless you are a close personal friend. If your concern is foul play you can rest assured it wasn’t and nobody on or near campus is in any danger. Please just keep his family and friends in your thoughts and/or prayers.

      • h8 ynerz

        If the cause of his death is nobody’s business, the story shouldn’t be in the news.

        • A Louise Rose

          Are you serious? If the cause of death is not a murderer on the loose or a epidemic of some sort it is not our business as readers. Those who have a right to that information will get it.
          However, I contend that his death is newsworthy. It informs those who knew him and gives them and others an opportunity to mourn his death and to express their sympathies to those near and dear.

          • h8 ynerz

            They have also since reported in the news that his death was epilepsy related. If that is not newsworthy, why was it reported?

    • Jon Ericson

      Truthfully, the immediate cause won’t be known until the autopsy report comes in. However, my brother suffered occasional seizures as symptoms of epilepsy. Very likely this was a major contributing factor. “Unsuspicious” is an accurate, if awkward, way of putting the facts as we know them.

      • tessa

        Jon, my son is a freshman at UMW. He didn’t know Bob, but does know some of Bob’s friends. The entire campus is saddened by the passing of your brother. Please know that so many people attached to the UMW community have your family in their prayers.