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) Tracey Weisler 
Washington, D.C.
Monday, July 18, 2011 03:14 PM Write a comment

I met Dez when we served on the Alumni Board of the IPPS program (now the Ford School) at the University of Michigan in the late 1980's. Though my years at U of M are mostly a blur of faces and names, Desmond was a person who stood out clearly, due to his friendly exuberance, his strong commitment to teaching and his passion for public policy work. He was a very bright light, and I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing this past fall. My condolences to all who loved him.
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