The Rollins community shares memories of Will Hauver ’15.
A Note from Will’s Father:
I want to thank everyone at Rollins and the Rollins students for what they did for Will and our family this week. It was nothing short of amazing. We will remember Rollins with great love for the rest of our lives. While we are so sad and miss Will so much, we have been overwhelmed by how many people came to the service Tuesday night and have contacted us to show their love for Will and to support our family. We can't thank you enough.
(Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics)
Will was a wonderful, caring, charismatic, and hilarious young man. The good news is that he was having a fantastic senior year. He was having a great time with his roommates, friends, and girlfriend. Lyndall and I commented to each other that Will could not be happier.
Will loved his friends and family, he loved McDonogh (his high school), he loved Rollins, he loved playing lacrosse, and he loved his art.
It was amazing how much Will loved Rollins. He wasn't exactly one that liked change. He practically had a temper tantrum when we moved him to McDonogh in third grade. Yet he loved every minute of it and had a fantastic group of friends. After living in the dorms his senior year, we were actually surprised that he didn't chain himself to something on campus after graduation.
I think what he loved about Rollins was, like McDonogh, it allowed Will to be Will. It allowed him to pursue his passion for lacrosse and his passion for art. I honestly don't know which one he loved more.
Will loved the sport of lacrosse. He loved playing for Rollins. He loved the game itself and he loved the camaraderie with his teammates. He was fiercely competitive yet demonstrated great sportsmanship and great character. He was a leader even when he was not a captain. Teammates looked to Will for his leadership. When things were going badly last year against Wheeling Jesuit and Rollins got a little chippy, I watched Will gather his teammates to gain composure. After the game, Coach Rossi told the team if you were thinking of leaders for next year, Will Hauver should be at the top of your list. He used his humor to help his teammates stay loose and perform at their best. I know at the practice last Saturday as the coaches were preparing them for their first game and they were about to scrimmage, Will announced after the coaches had finished their very serious inspirational speech—oh yea and the losers buy the keg. That was Will, I am going to play as hard as I can, I am go ing to win and we are going have fun.
General Hauver is a piece featured on Will's website. He added the caption: Just a portrait I got done in 1794 to commemorate my many victories against the Prussians. My good buddy P Baggy–or Pyotr Bragration for all you history nerds–got the same one done right after. I’ll never forget that slick devil for swagger jacking me. (source: wlhart.org)
Art was also where Will could express both his serious and lighter sides. We attended the service at Rollins for Will last Tuesday and it was amazing to see his artwork. Frankly some of it just cracked me up. For those of you that attended the service I hope you enjoyed it. His creativity was amazing. There were times when I just looked at some of his humorous artwork and wondered where in the world did he come up with the idea to create this. If you have never been to his website it is www.wlhart.org.
We were lucky enough to spent a couple of days with Will's friends at Rollins and got to hear a few stories. One of Will’s friends shared this story. Like Will, she was a communications major and they shared many classes. Apparently they would meet to go to class and Will had a routine. He would get his coffee, get his breakfast sandwich, go to the bathroom and then go to class. She found it disgusting that Will would put his coffee and breakfast on the bathroom counter and called him out on it. She was determined to change his routine to bathroom, coffee, breakfast sandwich, and then class. They bantered back and forth about the sequence like brother and sister until she found herself watching Will's coffee and breakfast while he went to the bathroom. Like I said earlier, Will did not like change.
As time passes please remember all the good times you had with Will. I know we will remember him every day. He loved life and made the most of it.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Will’s honor may be made to the Will Hauver Memorial Scholarship Fund online via the Rollins Giving Portal. Please enter the fund name (The Will Hauver Memorial Scholarship Fund at Rollins College) in the comments section. Contribute now.
I would just like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Will's family and girlfriend, the Rollins lacrosse team and coaches, and the entire Rollins community. May Will be with all of you always.
So sorry you had to go so young, Will. From another lacrosse player and art lover, you are remembered with fondness. I enjoyed having you and your boisterous buddies on our eighth grade lacrosse team and in my history class.
I have never had the opportunity to meet Will, but I have heard many great things about him from my friends and teammates. As a fellow senior student-athlete and someone with diabetes running throughout my family, his loss really hits home. I am currently writing a thesis on a new field of research (microRNAs) that is developing not only biomarkers for pre-diabetics, but also drugs that could cure diabetes in my biochemistry senior seminar. I want to express my deepest sympathy and empathy to the Hauver family and I will keep you in my prayers.
Jennifer So ’15
As a McDonogh graduate and a Rollins graduate, my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the Hauver family.
Bob Sullivan ’76 ’82MBA
Will Hauver will forever be a part of the Art and Art History Department. His charisma and his humor bear witness within his artworks. His art pays no heed to the limits of time and space and will continue to bring happiness for years to come. Well done Will, you have done great things and touched many with your goodness and your sense of fun.
I feel so blessed and privileged to have spent time with Will both as a fellow student-athlete and as his classmate within the art department. He was so incredibly well rounded and put so much heart into everything he did. To the Hauver family, I express my deepest condolences. There truly is a missing piece in the Rollins athletic family without him and because of that, I will always play for #34.
Annie Dulman ’16
Yale and I send heartfelt wishes to Lyndall and Bob. We watched Will grow from an adorable preschooler, to Yale's hockey buddy and then to a fine young man. This is such a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
To Will's Family and Classmates,
Believe I am still here but just in a different way. Know that I will be looking over every game and walking along side of you on day of graduation. Go forward in life and make me proud that you are a TAR.
Our deepest sympathy to the Hauver family. We are so sorry and you are in our prayers.
The Gutierrez Family
I have a grandchild at Rollins who worked closely with Will and is deeply shocked by his untimely death. Death is shocking at any age but to strike in the prime of life doubly so. Far away in distance our hearts are touched and we send condolences to family and friends of Will.
Condolences to the family, teammates, friends and the entire Rollins community on the tragic passing of Will. The Goucher College Men's Lacrosse team in Baltimore, Maryland, is praying prayers of strength and peace for you all during this difficult time.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with Will's family, coaches, and teammates during this difficult time. Our son (#28) plays lacrosse at Shorter University, so from one lacrosse family to another, we are so sorry for your loss.
Joe Paul and Family
Our deepest condolences for this young man's family. Our son is a year behind Will and studying the same major. He tells us that Will was seen as a really kind and giving person. Rollins is a small community and we have felt this family's devastation since we heard the news this morning.
The Hipps Family
I never personally got to meet Will, but he was a freshman my senior year. As a Rollins alum, I am deeply saddened to hear this news, as this small school created a tight-knit community. I want to express my sincere condolences to everyone affected. Will sounded like an extraordinary and talented young man, and my thoughts and prayers are with his teammates, friends, and family.
Will was one of the first people I met in the fall of 2012 my freshman year at Rollins. He was a year older than me, but treated me immediately as if we had been friends for years. One of the nicest kids on the team from the start and shared a friendship with him early on. His presence on the field was always felt, and even though he stood at 5'9'' or so on a good day, he played with fight, speed, and determination as if he were the biggest guy on the field. On the sidelines, he was one of the nicest and funniest guys on the team. I've been away from Rollins for more than a year now but still kept in touch with him, primarily through his ridiculously talented snapchats he would send me on a weekly basis. Im really going to miss seeing those. I'll never forget you Will. You were truly one of a kind and the Winter Park community was blessed to have you for as long as we did. Keep making people smiling homie. Rest easy 34.
Will defied stereotypes. He was an athlete in form, but an artist at heart. I had met Will in my printmaking class last semester and his work was professional quality. He had a website and he made what he liked. He had an identity and a brand of himself, so to say. He knew who he was and he was interesting. We worked with children, and to no surprise, he was wonderful with them. They looked up to him and thought he was so cool! He was cool. He was amazing. And he will be missed.
Haley Bowen ’15
As parents of a student at Rollins, we are very sad to hear the death of Will Hauver, a such wonderful young man. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family, teammates, and friends of Will Hauver.
We would like to send our deepest condolences to the Hauver family. Our daughter attends Rollins, but did not know Will. But after reading all the wonderful posts and messages, we feel like we got to know what a wonderful young man he was and how important he was to the Rollins family. Rest in peace Will. You will be missed.
The Harrington Family
Your coach misses you, your teammates miss you. We have decided to carry on starting tomorrow at 6 a.m. We figured that's what you would want. Remember, we have big plans this year and we are now more motivated than ever. I preached a lot. We talked about some deep stuff over the years. It was kind of hard to absorb as a frosh and soph and maybe even junior. However, we are living the “preach” now. We are so sad, but we are going to win as set forth. You will always be with us. I promise you that. You always gave me the strength and the desire to get out of bed and lead this group, even through some rough times when it was hard to imagine. Well now I am more motivated than ever. You are our brother, our son, and we love you. I promise to lead better, and to be there for your teammates. I am sorry I got mad about the keg comment on Saturday. It's OK. Rest well. I, and we, will check in often.
One my first memories at Rollins involves Will Hauver. After orientation one night, I ran into him at 7-Eleven. He was sitting on the ledge outside waiting for his friend to come out. Nothing unusual happened during the encounter but for some reason, Will stuck in my mind. After that for four years every time I saw Will, whether he was walking on campus or across the room at a party, I would think about that first time I saw him our freshmen year. Every time I would think “I should really get to know that guy he’s got a great energy to him.” Unfortunately I never got the chance to; every one of his friends I’ve talked to since he’s passed makes me realize I missed out. Will sounded like an incredible person with a vibrant personality and an extraordinary view of the world. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hauver Family, Will’s friends, and teammates. Please know whether close or strangers, the entire community is grieving his loss. God Bless.
I have known Will for four years, and have had a couple of classes with him during this time. He would always make us laugh in class when we least expected it and were going over the most redundant information. Outside of class, he would drop little lines in the group study guides we would make together that would just have you smiling when you were cramming at the last second. I'm going to miss his smiling face around campus, his presence on the mens lacrosse team, as well as working with him on and off the field. He brought so much joy to so many people. I am truly going to miss him.
I coached Will in club lacrosse for several years before college. Great young man, tremendous heart, one of my all-time favorites…I just loved him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his team, and the Rollins community. I'm sure he made an impact during his time there.
It is with heartfelt sadness that I write this note. When I received the email of Will’s passing, I immediately contacted my son. I am not a student at Rollins, but a father of a son who is a senior at the College. Even though I did not have the opportunity to meet Will, I feel we are all part of the wonderful Rollins family, and this news affected me deeply. As a parent, there is no greater loss, than the loss of one’s child. I want to express my deepest and most sincere condolences to the Hauver family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.
My deepest condolences to Will’s entire family as well as to the Rollins community. May he rest in peace knowing he was loved and admired by so many. I will keep him in my prayers.
My thoughts are with all of the Rollins community and Will’s family at this difficult time. It is always difficult to loose a teammate and friend so suddenly and young in his life.
David Lord ’69 ’71MBA, Chair of the Rollins Board of Trustees
Condolences and heartfelt sympathy from our family to yours. Our son is a lacrosse player at Shorter U, and we feel your loss as our own.
Harry and Jan DeNoers
Playing against Will will always be an honor. In a time of hardship for us at Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) during the death of my brother and teammate Kevin Figaniak, [the Rollins College lacrosse team] always showed respect and courtesy, and I will do the same. It was an honor sharing the field with a brother of lacrosse, and the WJU Lacrosse Alumni offer their condolences to his family and friends. Be good to Kev up there Will. #34 & #16
I knew Will mostly from 2011-12, during my senior year at Rollins. I have seen plenty of faces come and go in my four years on the Rollins men’s lacrosse team, but he made his presence felt on our team within his first few weeks. From day one, he bought into our program, matched the intensity, and even impressed the upperclassmen with grit, fearlessness, composure, and an unmatched knowledge of the game for most freshmen his age. I understand his closer friends from the Class of 2015 will remember him more intimately for his sense of humor, creativity, and spirit, but Will left a genuine impression on me as one of the toughest badasses—pound for pound—who did anything necessary to improve himself and those around him. We all still love you, Will.
Jackson Ryland ’12
[I loved] pretty much every pregame Facebook status that Will ever made. They were clever, hilarious, and entertaining. Literally a guaranteed laugh. I'll miss those so much this season, and will miss Will forever.