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Robert K. Ericson

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Date published: 4/22/2014

Robert K. Ericson

Robert Kristoffer "Bob" Ericson, a senior environmental science major at the University of Mary Washington, died unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 18, 2014.

His love of the outdoors began in 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 at W.T. Woodson High School. An avid rower, he participated in crew at Woodson and inspired teammates as captain of the NCAA men's team at UMW. He developed his a cappella talent as a member of One Note Stand, which will perform in his honor on Wednesday, April 23, at UMW. Bob supported his girlfriend, Stephanie Preston, in student government, and both participated in Relay for Life on campus.

Bob is survived by father Robin; mother Rebecca; brothers Jonathan (Joy), David (Sarah) and Douglas (Carolyn); grandmother Marjorie Cochrane; seven nephews; a niece; and a large extended family.

A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Community Covenant Church, 7018 Sydenstricker Road, Springfield, VA 22152, at which he was a member. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke, VA 22015. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. at Bob's Picnic Grove at Community Covenant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert "Bob" Ericson UMW Memorial Fund or Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).