The Bob Ericson Environmental Research Fund



“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”


The Story

Bob Ericson joined The One Note Stand during his freshman year at UMW. His rich, full voice quickly established him as the "Alpha Bass" of the group; during his years in One Note, he cultivated an environment of caring, thoughtfulness, and joy. His wisdom was beyond his years, and often times we saw him as the guru of our group--thoughtful, calm and composed. Bob had an uncanny ability to bring us back to reality when we got lost in argument or discussion.  Clocking in at over 6 feet tall, he was a true gentle giant, somebody that you could always trust. He garnered respect in the community simply through his positive, honest demeanor.

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Unfortunately, Bob passed away suddenly towards the end of the Spring 2014 semester, just before his graduation. In addition to One Note, Bob was captain of the rowing team, an avid participant and leader in Relay for Life, and a student in the Environmental Science department. Bob's presence was bright and evident at the University of Mary Washington and other communities. His body will be missed dearly, but his spirit and light shine through in our lives each and every day. We dedicated our Spring 2014 concert to Bob, and we will continue to dedicate our Spring concerts to Bob each year.

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Bob's parents and three brothers created the Robert "Bob" Ericson Environmental Research Endowment through the University of Mary Washington. This endowment will provide investments towards Environmental Research through the University of Mary Washington. We have committed ourselves to raise the funds for his endowment. Bob was and still is the heart and soul of our group, and we will strive to hold his name with the utmost dignity and grace.

How Can I Support?

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Robert Ericson Enviromental Research Scholarship:

To send a check, make the check payable to UMW Foundation, at:
Office of University Advancement
1119 Hanover Street
Fredericksburg, VA. 22401
Please note in the memo section of the check: Bob Ericson scholarship fund.

To make an online gift, via credit card or checking account by visiting UMW's secure website:

After you enter your gift amount select "Other" in the section that asks for gift allocation and then in the Other Gift Designation box below note that it's for the Bob Ericson scholarship fund (there is also a comment box at the bottom of the form where you can also note this, as shown below).

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