Mary E. Doty died Aug. 12 as a result of a traffic accident. She was director of the USU Counseling Center, the interim associate vice president for student services and a dedicated 20-year employee at the university.
“Mary was loved and respected by the students she served, her colleagues within the division and throughout the university and by many members of the Cache Valley community,” said James Morales, vice president for student services. “Mary’s insight, wisdom and intelligence will be missed greatly by those who were privileged to know her and who benefitted from her caring and compassionate manner.”
Doty has directed the USU Counseling Center since 1992 and was a part of the USU staff since 1989. She was the center’s liaison to the Athletics department, the Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information (SAAVI ) Office as well as the College of Agriculture.
Doty completed a doctorate in combined clinical/counseling psychology from USU in 1990, a master’s in applied psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1981 and a bachelor’s in social work from Eastern College (Pennsylvania) in 1974.
“Mary’s love for life, her animals and her friends was unsurpassed,” said Gary Chambers, former vice president for student services at USU. “Her wisdom, sense of humor and total dedication to USU, its students and the division of Student Services was reflected in everything she did. Mary would want nothing more than for all of us to continue to promote the ideals that she demonstrated in her life.”
Beyond the USU campus, Doty was a member of the Utah Critical Incident Stress Management Team and has been a disaster mental health trainer for the American Red Cross. In addition, Doty was very active in the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, having presented at the annual national conference on several occasions and having served two terms as an elected governing board member.
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