Washington Adventist University Gathered To Mourn the Death of Long-Time Professor Gladstone Gurubatham, PhD

Takoma Park, MD (February 16, 2016) Washington Adventist University (WAU) faculty, staff, students, alumni, family and friends gathered on January 30 to celebrate the life of  beloved professor Gladstone Gurubatham, PhD who passed away late last year. An afternoon memorial service was held at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, where many shared fond memories of the man who was affectionately known as “Dr. G.”

The memorial service included musical selections performed by the Columbia Collegiate Chorale and New England Youth Ensemble, with welcoming remarks by Washington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, EdD, and an opening prayer by Board of Trustees Chair and Columbia Union President Dave Weigley. A “Life Sketch” was presented by Psychology Department Chair Grant Leitma, PhD.

Pastor Jose Rojas performed the homily, sharing stories attesting to the intelligence and the wit of the late professor, but mostly speaking of his love and attention to his students. “He never sought to attain power,” said Rojas, “he only spoke about his classroom and his students and, himself never stopped learning.”

Reflections on the life of Gurubatham were shared by Provost Cheryl Kisunzu, Former Library Director Margaret Von Hake, Former Psychology Department Chair James Hammond, Associate English Professor Debbie Brown, President of the Alumni Association Aaron Wilson, and Counseling Psychology students Brenda Alexis and Marissa Leitma.

Joseph Gurubatham, Dr. G’s brother and former Vice President for Academic Affairs, expressed his family’s appreciation for the memorial held in memory of his brother and shared the history of their strong ties to the university. Together, the Gurubatham family provided more than 100 years of service to the institution while also receiving more than 100 years of education.

In honor of their many years of service, Pastor Rojas challenged the community to consider making a $100 gift to help the family establish the Dr. Gladstone P. Gurubatham Lifelong Learning Endowment. This endowment will benefit deserving students.

To donate to a gift of any size in honor of Dr. G and to help establish the endowment, click here.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nations capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the universitys nine graduate and 31 undergraduate programs. The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.


Media Contacts:

Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu

Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

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