Fourth-year student & Madison House volunteer Margaret Lowe

Madison House joins the entire University of Virginia community in mourning the passing of Margaret Lowe, a fourth-year student. Margaret volunteered with Madison House's Adopt-A-Grandparent and Cavs in the Classroom programs. 

We want to echo this message from Dean Groves from earlier today:

To the University Community:

With a deep sense of grief, I am writing to confirm the death of fourth-year student Margaret Lowe from Nashville, Tenn. Margaret passed away yesterday evening at the UVa Hospital after sustaining a cerebral hemorrhage. She had been engaging in one of her favorite activities - running - at Lannigan Field on Monday evening when she collapsed. Although two UVa School of Medicine students immediately came to her aid and administered CPR, she never regained consciousness.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret's family, including her parents, Whitson and Sandra Lowe, her brothers, John and Mark, all of Nashville; her sorority sisters in Pi Beta Phi at UVa; and her many friends at UVa and beyond.

Margaret touched the lives of numerous individuals both here and elsewhere. She excelled in her studies as a Classics-Ancient Greek major and was looking ahead to medical school. She had just begun her second consecutive year as the co-chair of ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team) and had led various educational efforts aimed at reducing the risks of alcohol use among her peers. Active in several service organizations, she volunteered with Madison House and was a counselor with Camp Kesem in Charlottesville. She participated in Bike and Build in 2014 and 2015, biking this past summer from coast to coast to promote affordable housing and raise funds for its cause. She was involved with Reformed University Fellowship at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. In addition to her membership in Pi Beta Phi, she was a leader within the Inter-Sorority Council. In the brief autobiography she wrote for Bike and Build, she described her passion for life, including her commitment to wellness and her love of sports.

A service in celebration of Margaret's life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville. The address is 2200 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.

Our community suffers when we lose a member for any reason. The loss of Margaret is difficult to accept, especially when we have come back together for a new semester. Please reach out to one another in this time of sadness. The comfort and compassion of community affirms the preciousness of life and helps bring healing over time.

Any student who wishes to speak with a counselor may call Counseling and Psychological Services at 434-243-5150 during the regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday). After hours, the number to call is 434-972-7004. Information about CAPS is available

Faculty and staff can find similar support through the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program by calling 434-243-2643 or by emailing the office via a form on the website at


Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students

Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret's family and friends. Madison House volunteers, please know that our doors are open if you wish to talk with our staff. 

[Photo credit: Richard Dizon for The Cavalier Daily]