Hundreds celebrate life of ETSU professor following two-year battle with brain cancer


Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of an ETSU professor who recently passed away following a two-year battle with brain cancer. 

The service honoring Dr. Chris Dula began as did most of his psychology classes; with a loud “HELLO.” 

“He just used his own voice to carry to a room of 320 people and all of the energy he saw on stage he would bring to the classroom as well,” said his son, Daelin Dula. 

It’s estimated that Dr. Dula touched the lives of over ten thousand graduate and undergraduate students during his near-15 year career, most of whom he knew by name. 

“It turned out it wasn’t ‘Intro to Psychology,’ it was intro to life. He taught me what it meant to start growing up and to be yourself,” said one student in her speech Sunday. 

The celebration featured musical performances and lots of storytelling about a man with waist-long hair and notable webbed shoes. 

Friends, family and students widely described him as unconventional but unforgettable. Many spoke of his genuine spirit and ability to nurture every individual’s potential–at times– with brash honestly. 

“He always made sure to love and care for everyone and go out of his way to help everyone and I think that’s something all of us can try to take away,” said Daelin.

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