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) Mike Lippitz 
Riverwoods, IL
Sunday, June 26, 2011 08:07 AM Write a comment

(1) Wow. I discovered this news when my email to Dez yesterday bounced. I was finally getting around to continuing a correspondance that had dropped off in October 2009, just after he left BAE. He wrote, "I look forward to conversing in the not too distant future" about Research, Innovation and Intelligence, but that did not happen in time.

I keep my email Inbox pretty clean, but that 2009 note from him stayed at the bottom to this day, more than a year older than the next oldest unfinished business stored there. Dez and I overlapped briefly in OSD and on occassion while he was at DARPA and BAE, but the richness and warmth of our interactions put him in that special category of people you don't get to see that often, due to geography and lack of consistent professional hooks, but with whom one never wants to lose touch. I never wanted to move that email too far out of my consciousness, to remind me to make time to reconnect next time I was in DC. I wrote to him yesterday about a new research project that I knew he would find interesting and where even a brief conversation with him would advance my thinking in deep and fresh ways. Sigh....

I never connected with Dez in CA to meet the remarkable family about whom he always beemed. My consolences to all who had the priviledge to be in his inner circles, to interact regularly with this remarkable man, in mind, in heart and in spirit.
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