Family, friends, colleagues and students are mourning Afred Dufty, associate dean of the Graduate College, after his passing on Monday April 16 at the age of 62.

In a message sent from President Bob Kustra to Boise State faculty and staff, he expressed his great sadness over the loss stating:

“It is with much sadness that I inform you that part of the fabric of Boise State University has been lost with the sudden passing of Dr. Alfred Dufty on Monday, April 16. For nearly 25 years, Al has been a fixture on our campus as a highly respected professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and as associate dean of the Graduate College.

A former college basketball player, we all recall the lanky figure striding across campus, riding his bike along the Greenbelt and certainly his distinctive voice in a meeting. Just as often, he could be found out in a field studying Northern goshawks or red-tailed hawks for his research in behavioral endocrinology. Al helped countless students on the way to their degrees and his friendly demeanor will be greatly missed by all of us.”

More of this message from President Kustra is available at Boise State UPDATE.

A memorial service is planned for 5:30 P.M. on Friday, April 27 at the Barber Park Events Center. Further information on the service and Dufty’s obituary can be found in The Idaho Statesman.

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