Renate's Story

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Renate G. Lieberg Justin, 90, died on June 30, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Justin.
Renate was born in Germany, in 1926. During her childhood, the Nazis rose to power. At age nine, she was sent alone, on a train, to a Quaker boarding school in Holland. Later, with the help of the Quakers, she, her two sisters, and parents were able to immigrate to America. They lost most of the rest of their family in concentration camps.
In spite of attitudes toward Jews and women, she attended The Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. After residency, she joined another physician on an Indian reservation in Arizona. One of her first acts was to desegregate the waiting room.
Renate had a solo family medical practice in Terre Haute from 1959 through 1987. She was the only woman physician in town and had many patients. She established a Planned Parenthood clinic.
In 1987, Renate moved to Fort Collins, where she practiced family medicine with her daughter Ingrid until 1995.
Renate wrote, taught medicine, studied philosophy and ethics, and raised her three children and grandchildren. She was a warm and loving friend to many. She worked with street children in Central America and volunteered as a CASA advocate for abused and neglected foster children in Colorado. Generations have learned empathy, compassion, and the importance of direct action from her. Her granddaughter, Johanna, was murdered in 2009.
In Renate's profoundly minimalist way, she refused any memorial service and is donating her body to the University of Colorado Medical School. Donations could be made to Doctors' Without Borders, CASA or The Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), marked for the Johanna Justin Jinich Community Clinic in Kibera, Kenya.
Published on July 2, 2017
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