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Beloit community mourns loss of recent graduates

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On Aug. 1, Abigail Bohstedt and Darrell Scott Jr — both ‘13 — were driving to a family reunion in Iowa when their vehicle was struck by a truck near Ottawa. Sadly, both recent Beloit graduates lost their lives in the six-vehicle crash.

Abigail and Darrell had recently gotten engaged and were planning to marry in November.

Abigail’s visitation and funeral events were held Aug. 5 and 6 back in her hometown in Grinnell, Iowa. Darrell’s memorial service was held Aug. 13 in Chicago, IL.

At Beloit, Abigail was a sociology major and an active student making the dean’s list several times. She studied abroad for a semester in Istanbul, Turkey and was also very active throughout the campus. Abigail led dozens of tours during her time as an Admissions tour guide and while she wasn’t in Middle College she was also a member of SPIEL, Beloit Student Congress, and the Masterworks chorus. In an earlier released statement, her advisor, Charles Westerberg an Associate Professor of Sociology said that she was “conspicuous in the fact that she was liked by everyone. When she talked, it came from the heart, always with a matter-of-fact optimism.”

Abigail had continued her work with admissions after graduating, first working at Monmouth University’s admissions office for two years and was working as the associate director of admissions at Ivy Tech Community College.

Darrell was also an active member in the Beloit community known as an active gamer, loyal friend, and brother of Phi Kappa Psi. He graduated from Beloit with a chemistry degree and had worked hard at Beloit’s IT Help Desk. He was known throughout campus as an upbeat and respected individual. After graduation, Darrell was working as a life insurance agent in Chicago but often returned to Beloit to check in with his fraternity brothers.

To remember both, their families urged the community to donate to the Darrell Scott, Jr. and Abigail Bohstedt Scholarship Fund at Beloit College or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Bill Conover, director of the Spiritual Life program, also announced that the college will be holding a memorial on the Saturday of Homecoming, Sept. 24. A separate memorial event with Phi Psi will be held for Darrell the same weekend.

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