John B. Dubriel, a long-time faculty member at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, died on May 12. He was 82 years old.
Dr. Dubriel was a native of Melrose, Louisiana, the youngest of 11 children. He held a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in educational administration from historically Black Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics education and abstract algebra from the University of Missouri. His mother remarked, “he was not the kind of doctor who could do you any good.”
Professor Dubriel began teaching at historically Black Fort Valley State Univerity in 1970 while studying for his doctorate. After achieving status as a senior professor of mathematics, Dr. Dubriel was appointed director and vice president in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning Technologies, and Technological Services. For more than 20 years, he pioneered the development and expansion of technology infrastructure at the university. He also served as chair of the department of mathematics and computer science.
Dr. Dubriel retired from teaching in 2008 and was named professor emerita in 2015.