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The Blue & Gray Press | June 26, 2019

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UMW mourns sudden loss of senior Bob Ericson

UMW mourns sudden loss of senior Bob Ericson
The One Note Stand will perform their spring concert on Wednesday, April 23 in honor of Bob Ericson.

The One Note Stand will perform their spring concert on Wednesday, April 23 in honor of Bob Ericson.


The University of Mary Washington student body has cause to mourn this day with the news of Robert “Bob” Ericson’s death on Friday, April 18 in his residence at the University Apartments of presumed non-suspicious causes.

Ericson, a senior environmental science major, would have graduated next month with the class of 2014. He was a member of the One Note Stand a cappella group and the UMW rowing team, as well as a supporter of the Student Government Association.

Ericson, 22, would have sung “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers as his senior solo at his last concert for One Note Stand this Wednesday, April 23. Ericson participated as a member of the a cappella group since his freshman year and was one of two bass voice parts in the group.

President of One Note Stand and Sports Editor of the Bullet Regina Weiss, senior, said the concert will now be performed in memory of Ericson.

“It’s about him, not about us,” said Weiss.

The One Note Stand will sell Blue Bows for Bob for $0.50 between Monday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 23 in honor of Ericson.

The 13-member a cappella group was stunned by the tragic loss of Ericson.

“It’s just so shocking,” said Weiss. “He was such an integral member of the group. It’s so bizarre to us.”

Ericson recently organized the group’s Relay for Life team, which raised over $1,700 during the annual event this year.

“Everyone was always excited to see Bob. He is the heart of One Note,” said Weiss. “He was a big, goofy guy. Always wise, the voice of reason. Whenever he started to talk in rehearsal, everyone got quiet and listened.”

Ericson was well-known amongst both students and staff at UMW. Many members of the community turned to social media to express their thoughts on the tragic and sudden loss.

The University released a statement about the loss of Ericson this morning and opened the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for additional hours this weekend for student use regarding the incident. CAPS will also be available during its normal hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the remainder of the week.

The Bullet invites students to use this space to comment and share their memories of Bob Ericson.

For more information on the One Note Stand’s spring performance in honor of Ericson, visit the group’s facebook event page.


  1. Ronald Amon

    22yo and dead? It would have been helpful for all to know the cause of death and what others may learn from this in the name of prevention. The local paper was evasive and revealed no results of a police investigation. While the university is expected to remain noncommittal, it is the job of reporters to get in and report the who, what, where, and why. There was no why. Not at the FLS. Not at the Bullet. Police are always called in any death. What about the police report? Will an autopsy be performed? Apparently good ole fashioned hard-nosed fact-finding reporting is dead in Fredericksburg. Small wonder print media is losing readership. Again, the interest here is not invading the man or his family’s privacy but in what can be learned to prevent such deaths in the future. We all have a stake in this. There is no excuse for lousy reporting.

  2. Lee

    The article was very well written. An amazing young man died of presumed non-suspicious causes. A university is mourning. My heart and prayers go out to the family and all who knew Bob.

  3. Adam Hager

    Hey Ronald,

    I’ll refer you to the FLS article’s comments where Bob’s brother made mention of previous medical issues:

    No one is or was ever in any danger regarding Bob’s death over the weekend. If there was good reason to include more information than what’s in this article, the Bullet and its staff would have done so.

  4. Anne

    Bob Erickson lived with epilepsy. It is commonly believed that a seizure is what ended his life. Unless there was an epidemic or a murderer in the area, there is no need for any of us to know the cause of death.
    Regardless of the cause it is tragic. That it happened just as he was to graduate somehow seems to add even greater sadness. He was held in high regard by those who had the pleasure of knowing him and will surely be missed. My heart goes out to his family and all who will miss him.