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Memorial Exhibit Created to Honor UVA Alumnus Blair Phillips

Posted: Updated: Feb 12, 2013 05:26 PM

Students at the University of Virginia are remembering one of their own, after a deadly accident last month.  Friends of alumnus Blair Phillips have set up a memorial exhibit and scholarship to celebrate his life.

Phillips, 24, died on January 19, after a fall while skiing in Colorado led to an unexpected stroke.  Now friends from student groups he was most involved in at UVA are joining together to honor his memory.

Some of those closest to Phillips are collecting letters with memories of him and hanging them on a display in the UVA School of Architecture.  A poster and slideshow with photos of Phillips also make up the exhibit. 

Architecture and a capella through UVA group Academical Village People (AVP) were two of his favorite activities.  Now students that shared those passions are coming together to remember Phillips.

"He always had this giant, crazy smile on his face and he had this crazy red hair," said Kate Martin, an architecture school classmate.  "He was so much fun all the time, and I think that's why this has become so amazing, because he's touched so many people and the letters are coming from all over the country."

AVP member Clay Pulsipher said, "I think honestly this is the perfect way to carry his memory on at UVA because there's nothing better to remember him than to help other people because I know that's exactly what he would want to be doing."

The letters will be compiled into a book and given to Phillip's family.

The UVA School of Architecture Foundation has also set up a memorial scholarship to honor Phillips.  Click here for more information.

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