Samford mourns the loss of Ryland Robbins

The Samford community is mourning the death of junior geography major, Ryland Robbins. He passed away early Tuesday morning.

“He was so hard-working and committed,” said senior political science major Tom Oliver.

During his first two years at Samford, Robbins served on the track and field team as a thrower. Both years, he was a top-three finisher in the Southern Conference.

Oliver, who was Robbins’ teammate, noticed the immense dedication he showed to track and field.

“He was always very dedicated to the sport,” Oliver said.

Robbins came to Samford from Randolph High School in Huntsville, Ala. In addition to throwing, he also played football and baseball at Randolph.

“I have spoken with Ryland’s mother to make her aware of our sustained prayers for the Robbins family and of our strong commitment to Ryland’s friends,” Samford President Andrew Westmoreland said in an all-campus email.

Students across campus grieve the loss.

“He was a really nice guy, very studious, intelligent and had a bright smile,” said senior political science major Cortrell Whitfield. “I was so sad to learn of his passing today.”

In the wake of losing a member of the Samford community, students are encouraged to speak with the university counselor, Rich Yoakum, who can be reached at 726-2065 or emailed at His office is located in University Health Services on the first floor of Seibert Stadium.


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