Senior dies of unknown causes

Jennie Kushner

Doug Ravenelle, a senior in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, died in Tuscaloosa Jan. 7. The cause of death is unknown.

Ravenelle, a Huntsville native, was a member of the University’s recreational wrestling team in 2009-2010. In 2004, Ravenelle placed second in the Alabama State High School Wrestling Competition.

Ravenelle also worked at Gallettes on The Strip as a doorman.

“It comes with great sadness to tell you that our friend and door guy Doug has passed away,” Gallettes tweeted Jan. 7. “He will be happily remembered and greatly missed.”

Andy Musick, a graduate student studying economics and Ravenelle’s childhood friend described Ravenelle as a straight shooter and a stand up guy.

“I knew Doug for close to 20 years; we were childhood friends,” Musick said. “We lost touch, but when I came back to Tuscaloosa for graduate school, we reconnected.”

Musick said one of his last conversations with Ravenelle was a memorable one.

“I told Doug I thought he was a stand up guy and took people for what they were,” Musick said. “He never judged anyone and he gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. He was a quality guy.”

Ravenelle’s cousin Natalia Lefebvre, 18, said he was a loving family member.

“Doug loved his family and he hated hearing times when his family was together and he wasn’t there,” she said. “He was such a nice friendly


Visitation services will be held Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville.

Funeral Services will be at the same location at 4 p.m.