UMW BEATLindley Estes covers the University of Mary Washington for fredericksburg.com and The Free Lance-Star.
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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