The MU community -- and, in particular, the Academic Support Center, the Language Resource Lab and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures -- mourn the passing of Gali “Doss” Bhagvandoss that occurred on Saturday, August 9, 2014.
A memorial service will take place at the First Baptist Church (1112 East Broadway in Columbia) at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.
Doss was the coordinator of the Language Resource Lab for more than 30 years. His colleague Renata Maiorino, a retired professor from the School of Education, wrote in memory of Doss: “You were my mentor, and I loved your stories and ideas. I always felt that you, my dear friend, were the hidden treasure in the Arts & Science Building and MU! I miss your words, your love of life and your compassion for all people.”
Dr. Flore Zéphir, former chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, said each time she saw Doss he had a smile on his face, and he was always willing to help others in any capacity that he could. He shared his passion for life with others.
Mark Nicolais, a master's student in Religious Studies, recollected: “Doss was a great listener, and he had tremendous patience. Doss provided the insight and exhortation that I needed to build me up and encourage me in life. Doss was humble, kind, and caring -- more than words can express. Doss helped me understand how to pursue excellence in the achievement of my goals.”
Many emails, letters and calls of sympathy have arrived, from all across the country and around the world, from current and former MU students, faculty, staff and community members remembering Doss.
Each person shares a story that celebrates the life and contributions Doss has made. He lived a full life dedicated to service.
Doss shared that the reason he loved his job was because the students gave him joy and positive energy. He mentored thousands of students over the years.
In that way and more, Doss lived the values of the University: Respect, Discovery, Responsibility and Excellence.
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