FVSU Mourns Faculty Emeritus Dr. John B. Dubriel

by Mechell McCrary

Posted on May 18, 2021

The Fort Valley State University family is saddened by the death of retired Mathematics professor, Dr. John B. Dubriel. A long-time professor and former Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning Technologies, and Technological Services, Dr. Dubriel passed away on May 12, 2021.

"The passing of Dr. Dubriel is a tremendous loss for our campus community," said President Paul Jones. His passion for technology and commitment to students will be forever felt here at our institution. FVSU greatly benefitted from his talents throughout his long and illustrious career. My sincere condolences to his family."

In the fall of 1970, Dr. John B. Dubriel began his career as a professor of Mathematics at then Fort Valley State College that spanned more than 38 years. He worked as a Professor of Mathematics and Chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Dr. Dubriel later advanced to Director and Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning Technologies, and Technological Services.

For more than 20 years, he pioneered the development and expansion of technology infrastructure. This endeavor facilitated wiring the entire campus, giving students and faculty access to the Internet helping to position FVSU as a leader in the University System of Georgia. Dr. Dubriel was a distinguished mathematician in the United States who was also recognized globally by his peers. He was invited to participate in conferences in Russia and Australia. In 2015, he was awarded the distinction of Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science. Following an accomplished career, he retired from FVSU in 2008.

In addition to his devotion to education, Dr. Dubriel was a servant to his community. He volunteered countless hours to better the City of Fort Valley, Georgia. His most notable contributions included performing survey research for the Chamber of Commerce; helping to improve hospital infrastructure; participating in the Peach County School System to ensure all students received a quality education; and volunteering to mentor the youth. For numerous years, he was an active member of the Leadership Georgia Association and the Fort Valley Kiwanis Club. He was a faithful member of St. Juliana Catholic Church in Fort Valley.

He leaves to cherish and honor his memory, his loving wife Victoria Vinnett Dubriel, his daughters, grandchildren and a host of other close relatives and friends. His passion and commitment to God, family, education, public service, and community will continue to live on through the influence he had on his family, colleagues, students, fraternity brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi, the Kiwanis Club, and his beloved Fort Valley State University Wildcat family.

Dr. Dubriel will lie in repose at Fort Valley State University on Tuesday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Services will be held Wednesday, May 19 at noon in the C. W. Pettigrew Center Auditorium.

By order of President Jones, the university flags should be flown at half-staff commencing Monday, May 17 to sunset on Wednesday, May 19 in honor and loving memory of faculty emeritus, Dr. John B. Dubriel.

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