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) Julie Fischer 
Alexandria, VA
Monday, December 13, 2010 04:27 PM Write a comment

I met Dez the first day of our fellowships, where he stood out even among so many other bright and driven people for his unique blend of brilliance, energy, and a delicate lightness to his piercing wit for which English seems to lack appropriate words. "Whimsy" seems too precious and doesn't capture his sharpness, "cleverness" doesn't encompass enough, maybe "finesse" in existence in general? Whatever that trait is, Dez stored and radiated it outward, as capable of tossing out a brilliant theory as a wickedly funny observation, sometimes all in the same breath. He transcended EVERYTHING, not just traditional boundaries (science versus creativity, etc.), but always gave the impression that the world had permission to be something altogether different now that he had entered the room.
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