Andrew Kuebrich '09 - In lieu of flowers, Kuebrich’s family asked that donations be made to Relay For Life, a charity that Kuebrich was passionate about and ran 50 miles for during a past fundraiser.
Andrew Kuebrich, MC’s Senior Man of the Year in 2009, was killed in a bicycling accident in Taiwan on Jan. 25, 2012. He was 24.
Kuebrich, who came to Monmouth from Plano, Ill., taught English in Asia for the past 18 months, first in Hong Kong and then in Taipei. He had been volunteering to help build a church in Taiwan and had planned to open his own school.
“He had a couple weeks off for Chinese New Year, so he was doing a bike trip from Taipei to the southern tip of Taiwan,” Kuebrich’s brother, Ben, told the Aurora Beacon News. “He was very active and athletic and always doing lots of long-distance endurance sports.”
In a recent Monmouth College Magazine article, Kuebrich explained that he took an MC trip to Japan to help fulfill the requirements of an international business major, and the trip stoked his “passion to explore the world.”
Kuebrich was ultra-involved as a Monmouth student, serving as president of his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, competing on the track and cross country teams and playing in the Pipe Band. He also belonged to several campus organizations, including Students Organized for Service, Students for Environmental Awareness, the Pre-Law Society, the Association for Student Activity Programming and the Coalition for Ethnic Awareness.
“He was not going to have any regrets,” said his mother, Jill. “He was going to live his life to the fullest, and that’s what he did.”
The Kuebrich family has requested that all donations be given to Relay for Life in their son’s memory.
“Relay for Life is something he cared about,” said Ben. “It was a cause he really believed in.”