By Crystal Harrell
Campus Life Editor
College of the Desert mourns the passing of history/political science professor Stanley Dupree, but commemorates him in the hearts of all who knew him and the legacy he left on campus. Dupree passed away on October 11 in his Palm Desert home at the age of 68.
“It seemed like yesterday that I was sitting in his office chatting with him and he told me that if you ever need to talk, my door is always open. He said that maybe we can do lunch together real soon, and talk more. He was such an up-front kind of guy,” said faculty member Kern Marlow.
After practicing law for a number of years in the San Francisco area, Dupree became a professor at COD, and later the Executive Director of Human Resources. “I first met Stan as a COD Student, and he truly had all the qualities of a great teacher. He loved to teach and he really cared about his students. He would refer his students to me from time to time because he knew they couldn’t afford to pay for classes and/or books, and he wanted to make sure they got the resources they needed to succeed,” stated Senior Financial Aid Specialist Nadia Becerra.
On the website Rate My Professor, Dupree is the highest-rated professor on campus, with 119 ratings containing positive feedback. “[Stan] knew that I was putting my mom through school, and to help me, a younger colleague he barely knew, he bought my mother’s books, two semesters in a row. When I thanked him for this, he told me greatness is best served if we take care of each other. In another situation, Stan became my mentor, protector, advisor, and friend all wrapped up into one…while never becoming unprofessional or judgmental. I personally will miss him every day,” said English professor Heather Benes.
Stanley Dupree will be remembered dearly by the faculty and students that he loved and exerted passion for every day he came to work. “I have worked with Stan for the last eight years and loved his joy of life, his love of teaching, and most of all, our continued rival teams 49ers and Giants versus my Padres and Chargers… COD has really lost a good soul, teacher, mentor, and friend to students,” stated kinesiology department faculty Cheryl Houston.
Donations can be made to the “Stan Dupree Success Fund” in his honor to continue the effort Dupree put in to assist students. The donations can be mailed to College of the Desert Foundation, 43-500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert 92260.