Indiana University released a statement saying they are “deeply saddened” over the death of Dr Alexander Doty, a prominent scholar, professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington.
Dr Doty died after sustaining serious injuries when he was struck by a motorcycle while walking on Pitts Bay Road on August 1st. He was visiting Bermuda and had only been on the island for a few hours when the collision occurred. 23-year-old David Thomas has been charged in connection with his death.
“The entire IU Bloomington community mourns the unexpected and tragic death of Alex Doty,” said Lauren Robel, IU executive vice president and provost of the IU Blooomington campus.
“Alex was respected across the campus, and we will miss his voice and his presence as a faculty leader. We have lost a valued colleague with Alex’s passing, and our hearts go out to Alex’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”
Dr Doty joined the faculties of the Departments of Communication and Culture and Gender Studies in 2008. He came to IU from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. He received a Ph.D. in English and film studies in 1984 from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
“Alex Doty’s tragic death is a terrible loss for all of us at IU and in the College,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Larry Singell. “He was a wonderful colleague and human being, and we grieve for his family, his friends, his colleagues and his students. He was an outstanding scholar and teacher, and a great friend to many.”
“Upon learning of his passing, those who knew Doty praised him as a tireless colleague, brilliant writer, witty cultural critic and extraordinarily generous scholar, mentor and friend,” a statement from the University said.
Over 400 people have joined a Facebook page called “Friends of Alex Dotty,” with many of his friend and former students paying tribute to Dr Doty.
“Alex was such a presence — brilliant, sought-after, well-respected, and funny. I am sorry I didn’t have the chance to take a class with him, but I know how hugely he influenced those who did,” said one person.
The University statement said that Dr Doty leaves behind a mother, Rosanna Doty, from Texas, two sisters, Barbara Braudaway and Maria Holmes, two brothers, Arthur and Robert Doty, and beloved students, colleagues and friends all over the world.
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