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 www.saundersnewtonfund.org to find out how you can help.
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Some of us at RAND just learned of Dez transition. I met Dez years ago in the old RAND building when he was a PRGS Student. He has such a Warm Spirit and was always offering ecouraging words. He was so instrumental in supporting our first grass roots lunch time Black History presentation. He has left some wonderful foot prints to follow. When I think about Desmond now I'm reminded of my favorite poem that I often share by Maya Angelou:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Desmond was a jewel and I am sure he is sitting at the feet of the master discussing how he can still change things down here.
RIP my friend.