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Margaret Lowe Story

Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of a University of Virginia Member

Published On: 2015-09-03

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Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of a University of Virginia Member  

ST. LOUIS – September 3, 2015 – It is with a heavy heart that Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women announces the death of collegiate member Margaret Lowe. Margaret died unexpectedly from a brain hemorrhage while on a run at the University of Virginia. She was a fourth-year student pursuing a Classics major and was planning to attend medical school after graduation.

Margaret Lowe  

“A sincerely selfless soul, Margaret had a full-hearted devotion to philanthropic service and a genuine compassion for others,” Chapter President Rachel Kappel said. “Her vivacious love for life and her heart-warming smile were infectious. Margaret put her whole self into everything she did, without fear of failure or judgment. And it is for these reasons, among so many others, that I am so grateful to have had Margaret in my life, to have been inspired by her, and to be able to call her my friend and Pi Phi sister.”

In remembrance of Lowe, students gathered at the university’s chapel Tuesday night for a service celebrating her life. A second campus service, organized by Fourth Year Trustees, will be held September 12. Chapter member and close friend Katherine Ryan said, “Margaret was sincerely curious and genuinely interested in everyone she encountered, always asking thoughtful questions. She was one of the most dedicated people I knew, giving 100 percent to the people and the causes she cared about. I admire her passion and her ambition. She brought an amazing attitude to every situation. She was lovely in every way, and we all have much to learn from her.” 

“The entire Pi Beta Phi family mourns the tragic loss of Margaret,” said Paula Shepherd, Pi Beta Phi Grand President. “Her integrity, leadership and compassionate spirit will continue to serve as inspiration to all Pi Phis. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and Virginia Epsilon sisters.”

A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 5 at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville from 9–11 a.m. with the service immediately following. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Cookeville, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Camp Kesem and Bike and Build. Letters of condolences can be sent to: The Virginia Epsilon Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, 1509 Grady Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 202 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.