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|Service: Wednesday, June 10 at 11 AM|
Location: Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University
Nina Brekelmans, 25, passed away tragically in
a home fire in Washington, DC NW on the night of June 3, 2015. She
was born on March 6, 1990 in Gahanna, Ohio and had recently graduated
from Georgetown University with a Master of Arts in Arabic Studies. Nina spent her early childhood in Harrisonburg,
Virginia before moving to Louisville, Kentucky. The family relocated
to Queretaro, Mexico during her last two years of high school, where she
immersed herself in the local culture and solidified her fluent
Spanish. Nina completed her undergraduate degree at
Dartmouth College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a major in Arabic
Language and Literature. Her love of the language led her to study
abroad in Alexandria, Egypt and, later, Amman, Jordan. At Georgetown�s
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, she further expanded her knowledge
and understanding of the region, specializing in women�s issues. Nina was a determined athlete, playing soccer and
tennis from an early age. It was at Dartmouth that her love of distance
running began, becoming a member of the varsity running team as a
sophomore. She was a member of the Georgetown Running Club and shared
her excitement for the sport as a mentor with the Girls on the Run
program. She volunteered further with Reclaim Childhood, in Amman, to
empower refugee and local girls through sports activities. Nina was recently awarded a Fulbright fellowship,
allowing her to advance her passions further: she planned to return to
Jordan in the fall to conduct research on female distance runners and
continue her Arabic language studies.
She is survived by her parents, Gail and Nico Brekelmans of Shanghai, China, and her brother, Rob, of London, England.
A memorial service will be held at the Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University, on Wednesday, June 10th, at 11:00 AM.
Georgetown�s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies will establish a scholarship fund in Nina�s memory to promote the empowerment of women in the Middle East. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the CCAS, attn: Rania��� Kiblawi (firstname.lastname@example.org), mentioning Nina�s name. To read or leave personal tributes, please send a friend request to her Facebook account.
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