The Alex Dorofeev Scholarship Fund
Organized by: Charif Hamidi
In memory of an intellectual, a scholar, and a beautiful mind. In memory of a friend, a confidant, and a brother. Alex or Alexey, but never call him Losha. He may have never told you so, but he was not fond of the sobriquet. A dim glower never failed to conquer his face every time someone would address him as such. Years of friendship led Alex to consider me a friend, whom he admired and looked up to. In fact, it was the other way around. I admired him because of his gentle manners, his hunger for success and his inquisitive mind. He set the example of what a good friend should be. And what a friend. Alex cared. He cared about people, their thoughts, and how they interpreted things he would say. I often questioned his behavior and rarely understood it. I even used to tease him about it. However, the truth is Alex was twice the man I am and will ever be when it comes to caring about people. Rachel and I loved having him over at our humble apartment every time he would come down to Kansas City. Over an Absolute Lemon cocktail, we enjoyed listening to him talk about his days at Development Gateway, to his interpretations of Ben Bernanke’s speech, or simply to his contagious belly laugh every time Rachel would quote Ed Bassmaster’s wicked line “Would you look at that”. Today, I remember our nocturnal sober conversations in front of the Dearing Hall parking lot and our extremely inappropriate inside jokes at the Thompson Cafeteria. Today, I regret skipping my D.C. visit in my October 2012 USA visit. Today, I wish I emailed Alexey more often. Today, I wish I were a better friend. All I can do now is attempt to salvage his memory. I call upon my Park University friends and everyone who knew and loved Alex to reach out to me, should they be interested in helping me accomplish such a mission. Together with the Park University family, we are in the process of establishing a scholarship fund in memory of Alex. This award will be attributed to graduate students of the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs who embody Alex's values of intellect, research, and academia. Those of you, who had the pleasure of knowing Alex, would all agree without the slightest shadow of doubt that he was an epitome of academic excellence and an inspiration to us all for public service and civic engagement. We need to reach the set target so we can name the fund after Alexey. I kindly ask you for your pledge - no matter how big or small it is. Your support is indispensable for us to empower exceptional students who will carry on Alexey's torch and continue on his noble mission of making the world a better place through smart public service. “We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.” I am sure Alex would think of my choice to quote Marcel Proust as extremely platitudinous, but these are words we should all take the time to ponder upon. Even though Alex may be gone, his memory will live on in all of us forever. Alex, it hurts me to know you are no more, I appreciate your friendship and will never forget our brotherly bond. To God we belong and to him is our return.