Remembering Dez          

On Wednesday, November 24, 2010, Desmond Saunders-Newton, affectionately known as Dez, left this world. A tragic loss for all who knew him, a dear friend and mentor to so many, a husband, a father, a brother, a son, and so much more... Our hearts are heavy. Dez left his one-of-a-kind impression all over the world, with his brilliant mind, his warm heart and his contagious smile. Please share here how Dez left his impression on your heart, mind and soul with stories, pictures, memories, and thoughts, along with your prayers for his family, his wife Clarissa, his son Mounir, and his daughter Ayiana.

In support of Dez's most precious legacy, the Saunders-Newton Fund has been created for the current and future education of Mounir and Ayiana. Please visit to find out how you can help.
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1) Lisa Muller Johnson 
Deerfield, IL
Sunday, February 20, 2011 10:33 PM Write a comment

It was my first night at Lawrence University as a shy freshman and I was very nervous waiting for my assigned "computer date" to pick me up. In swept Dez and he immediately put me at ease! I always remember that night with such fondness. I was so very lucky to have known him at Lawrence. I can see from everything people have written here that he continued to put people at ease and care for others throughout his life. I was so disappointed that he didn't make it to the reunion this summer as I was very much looking forward to reconnecting with him. I was stunned to hear of his passing- it is a huge loss for us all. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
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