One Note Stand’s rendition of Ain’t No Sunshine captured the sentiment of the UMW campus one day this spring. The song was to have been the senior solo of beloved bass vocalist Robert “Bob” Kristoffer Ericson ’14, who had passed away unexpectedly just five days earlier, on April 18.
The a cappella group dedicated its spring concert in Dodd Auditorium to the memory of their fellow vocalist, a 22-year-old environmental science major who had epilepsy. At UMW, Bob was captain of the rowing team and participated in Relay for Life. He and his girlfriend, SGA president Stephanie Preston ’14, were active in student government.
The Mary Washington community shared memories of Bob at a pre-concert balloon release. His parents, Robin and Rebecca Ericson, and his three brothers have established the Robert “Bob” Ericson Environmental Research Endowment. One Note Stand has committed to raising funds for the effort. Donations may be sent to the UMW Foundation, 1119 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401, with a reference to the fund.