Robin and Rebecca Ericson, along with members of One Note Stand, members of the UMW Crew teams, established a research fellowship in loving memory of Robert "Bob" Ericson. Bob Ericson was a senior environmental science major at the University of Mary Washington when he died of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) shortly before his graduation in 2014. His love of the outdoors began as he explored the creeks and trails of Virginia and followed him cross-country on family camping trips. As an Eagle Scout, he led his troop on two back-country treks at Philmont Scout Ranch. Despite being diagnosed with epilepsy, Bob played varsity football and participated in crew at W.T. Woodson High School. During his time at UMW, he sought to positively contribute to the UMW and global communities, through his academic endeavors and extracurricular activities. Bob was a devoted member of One Note Stand, one of UMW’s a cappella groups, served as the captain of the UMW Men’s rowing team, and participated in Relay for Life. Family and friends established this fellowship as a loving tribute to Bob and to help future generations of students receive the quality education that is unique to UMW.
Photo: Robert Ericson