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Longwood senior dies from injuries sustained in rugby match

March 12, 2008

Todd Miller Todd Miller
Todd Miller, a Longwood University senior and member of the men’s rugby club, died on Sunday, March 9 at MCV Medical Center in Richmond. Miller, age 25, was critically injured March 1 during a match against Virginia Military Institute (VMI) at the First Avenue Field in Farmville.

Miller was a senior business administration major and a member of the Student Advisory Board in the College of Business and Economics. He was director of programs for the Longwood chapter of the American Marketing Association and in fall 2007 earned President’s List honors for achieving a 4.0 grade point average. As Longwood’s leading rugby scorer in 2007, he was selected to the Virginia Rugby Union all-star team and served as vice president of Longwood’s Rugby Club. Miller graduated from Lake Braddock High School in Springfield, Va. and enrolled at Longwood as a freshman in fall 2001. He left Longwood in spring 2002 and returned in spring 2006 at the age of 23.

A community prayer vigil was held for Miller on March 4 in Longwood’s Willett Hall. Approximately 1,200 people, including VMI cadets and representatives of the Virginia Rugby Association, attended the event which was simulcast to Miller’s room in the intensive care unit at MCV Hospital.

The Longwood rugby team competes in the Men’s College Division III (no relation to the NCAA’s Division III) of USA Rugby. In April 2007, Longwood’s men’s team finished third in the national tournament after winning first the state championship and then the Mid-Atlantic Territory championship in November 2006. The men’s rugby club at Longwood has existed since 1979. Dr. John Graham, assistant professor of computer science, is coach/adviser to the men’s rugby club.

The rugby team plans to play the remainder of its season, which is scheduled to resume on Saturday, March 29 at home against the Blackwater Rugby Club of Lynchburg.

A Memorial Service for Todd Miller is in the planning stages and will be announced after students return following spring break.

Melinda Fowlkes, interim dean of the College of Business and Economics said, “Todd Miller was one of our best and brightest. He had a tremendous impact on the business school and he will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.”


NEWS UPDATE:

A Celebration of the Life of Todd Miller

Services to celebrate Todd's life will be held on Friday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, Virginia (703) 569-9862. A reception and gathering of friends will follow at Messiah Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Todd Miller may be sent to:

Paul Bliss, President Big Brothers of The National Capital Area, 10210 Greenbelt Rd. Suite 900, Lanham, Maryland 20706

The donations will be used to establish a college scholarship for a Little Brother who plans to continue his education beyond high school.