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Justin Conner Radtke ’13

Justin was struck by a street sweeper as he ran from the median of a North Carolina highway into the travel lanes.

Justin graduated from Durham Academy and attended Duke before transferring to Reed where he earned a degree in Russian Literature. He wrote his thesis, Vasily Zhukovsky’s Ballads: Their Themes and Christian-Spiritual Meanings, with his adviser, Prof. Evgenii Bershtein [Russian 1999–].

Justin had an enduring love of learning. After Reed, he continued to study languages and literature. He loved nature and the outdoors, where he felt closest to God.

He is survived by his parents, Rodney and Sara Radtke; his sister, Lindsay Radtke; his brother; Tyler Radtke and wife, Spenser, of Durham; his maternal grandparents, Joe and Susie Hushion of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and his paternal grandmother, Catherine Radtke of Mendota, Illinois.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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