Goodbye, Doug

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

It is with great sadness that I report that our long-time DO-IT Mentor Doug Lefever died from injuries sustained when hit by a hit-and-run driver while in a crosswalk on a Seattle street this October. DO-IT, which began in 1992, had barely started when Doug volunteered to mentor DO-IT Scholars. He was an excellent role model when it came to earning a college degree and making positive contributions to DO-IT and to the Seattle community overall.

Doug received the DO-IT Mentor Award as well as the Hunthausen Humanitarian Award. Doug was also profiled in the University of Colorado alumni magazine.

Doug will be missed by the DO-IT family and especially by those for whom he provided encouragement and guidance. We remember his great sense of humor that was apparent when he was hit in the chest by a foul ball during a DO-IT Summer Study trip to a Mariners game. Doug later confided that getting that signed ball made it worth getting hit. In true mentor form, he stated that if the ball was to hit someone in the row of wheelchair-users that night, it was good that it was him; everyone else in the row was a DO-IT Scholar.