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) Charlie Newhall 
Salem, MA
Thursday, December 9, 2010 01:24 PM Write a comment

I met Dez my freshman year at Lawrence and was immediately impressed with his energy and positive outlook. He was out to change the world and was going to bring us all along! We were ready to go! Though we corresponded only a few times by email in recent years, I hold him up as a mentor and inspiration. An advocate for social justice and an intellect of the first order, Dez helped us learn to listen to each other and build community with genuine relationships. Thank you Dez.
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