Newman community loses a beloved friend and colleague

Sep 28, 2016
Don Hufford Newman University

Emily Dickinson once said, “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.” Those who knew and loved Professor of Education Don Hufford, Ph.D. will certainly keep him alive in the stories and memories they have to share. Hufford passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 27 while surrounded by his loving family.

After spending more than 30 years working with troubled youth in Massachusetts, Illinois and Kansas, Hufford came to Newman in 1992 to begin a “second” career in collegiate teaching. Hufford was a professor of education at Newman University for 23 years.

The students, faculty and staff felt blessed to have both Hufford and his wife on their teaching staff. Hufford will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched during his time on campus.

A conference room in McNeill Hall was dedicated to Hufford after his retirement, becoming the “Don Hufford Seminar Room” in the fall of 2015.

Hufford was preceded in death by his wife Evie in 2002 — she also taught for nine years in the school of education at Newman. You can read more about Hufford and his 2014 retirement from Newman University in the Spring 2015 issue of Newman University Magazine.