Beloit College Magazine

Spring 2014 (March 18, 2014 at 6:00 am)

Two Beloiters Lost in Car Accident


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March 14, 2014 at 11:08 am

Ringberg Nunez
Justine Ringberg (left) and Raquel Nuñez at Beloit’s
2013 Commencement.

The Beloit community mourned the loss of two members of the class of 2013 after a car accident claimed the lives of Raquel Nuñez’13 and Justine Ringberg’13 on Jan. 14.

The classmates were traveling together in northern Wisconsin when they lost control of their vehicle on an icy road and collided with a truck. The truck driver was also killed. All three were 22 years old.

During a celebration of Justine and Raquel’s lives held on campus Feb. 1, both were remembered for their humor, sense of fun, and capacity to care about others.

Justine, who was from Bayfield, Wis., majored in biology, minored in history, and was a proud member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She served twice as AST chapter president and was a resident assistant at Beloit.

“I loved Justine Ringberg for the way she brought her whole heart to the study of the history of racial injustice in the U.S.,” said Beatrice McKenzie, associate professor of history, at the service. “It was always clear to me in our classes together that she was a deep thinker of big ideas.”

Raquel, from New York, N.Y., double-majored in psychology and health and society. She was a beloved member of Kappa Delta sorority and a mentor to adolescent girls at Aldrich Middle School in Beloit. Psychology professor Greg Buchanan remembered her as “bluntly and beautifully honest … a person who mattered, whose life had meaning and consequence.”

A slide show featuring photos of both women and their many friends opened the campus service. At one point, a typewritten note appeared among the slides. It said, “Thanks for sharing your lives with us. We will always remember you.” It was signed: “Love, Beloit College.”

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