U.Va. students remember fourth-year student Margaret Lowe

Classmates recall passionate, enthusiastic friend


Fourth-year College student Margaret Lowe, 21, in a photo provided by her family.

Fourth-year College student Margaret Lowe passed away Tuesday. She was pursuing a Classics major at the University while planning to go to medical school, and enjoyed outdoor activities such as biking, swimming and hiking.

Lowe's death was confirmed in an email to the student body sent Wednesday morning. 

Lowe suffered a brain hemorrhage at Lannigan Field while on a run, Dean of Students Allen Groves said. Though two Medicine students immediately performed CPR, she never regained consciousness.

A Nashville native, Lowe was dedicated to many organizations in and outside of the University. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and of Bike & Build, the group with which she biked across the country twice. She was also involved in the Reformed University Fellowship; was a volunteer coordinator for Camp Kesem, a camp which provides support for children whose parents have cancer; and worked with ADAPT, a group that works to combat alcohol and drug abuse.

Lowe's nickname at Camp Kesem was "Sunshine," fourth year Commerce student Mary Kate Helm said in an email.

"When Margaret was in your life, you felt it," Helm said. "She electrified a room, sweeping everyone up with her energy and enthusiasm. She enjoyed everything."

She was sincerely curious and genuinely interested in everyone she encountered, said housemate and sorority sister Katherine Ryan, a fourth-year Batten student.

"She was one of the most dedicated people I knew, giving 100% to the people and the causes she cared about," Ryan said in an email.

In honor and remembrance of Lowe, students gathered at the Chapel Tuesday night for a service celebrating her life. 

A memorial service will be held in Nashville on Saturday. A second service, organized by Fourth Year Trustees, will be held on Grounds Sept. 12.

Lowe is survived by her parents, Sandy and Whitson, and her brothers, John and Mark. Instead of flowers, Lowe's family has asked contributions be made to Camp Kesem and Bike and Build.


This article has been clarified to indicate the on-Grounds memorial service will take place Sept. 12.

Katherine Wilkin contributed reporting.

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