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In Loving Memory of Dorothy Kondal

The Department of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS) Honors Dorothy Kondal and sends our condolences to her family.

Dorothy was an integral part of the Center for Social Complexity and the CDS Department and allowed for the daily procedures to continue without fail. Many of us who had direct working experience with her will always remember Dorothy with much affection and admiration

Her love for the Department and George Mason University shined through when she agreed to leave retirement and return part-time to aid the department in its increasing web and media prescence.

In this moment we honor her with Words of Affection.

To Dorothy:

“I worked with Dorothy for several years.  She had such a beautiful smile that was so welcoming. I found her to be very kind, funny and very sharp, and boy did she have the grammar knowledge.  She was known to proofread many successful professional papers along with doctoral dissertations.  Thankfully, I have very fond memories of Dorothy.” – Karen Underwood


“Dorothy joined our Center at a very difficult time; when her predecessor had resigned due to family reasons, the new Mason leadership was unfamiliar with our vision, mission, and scientific accomplishments; and the Krasnow Institute (of which our Center was a vital cornerstone) was being dismantled by the new Administration. Dorothy was a very fast learned, having previously worked in high-level and sensitive administrative positions at Loyola University at Chicago. She immediately assisted our Center in preparing a series of briefings to educate the new Mason administrators. Soon thereafter the provost asked me to serve as Interim Vice President for Research, during which time Dorothy’s experienced, wise, and effective administrative support enable the Center to reach new milestones in our core research mission. She was always overworked and underpaid but she also knew from me and fellow faculty, students, and staff that she was very appreciated and loved. Her attention to detail, along with her high professional standards made her one of the most valuable members of our Center team. Above all, her compassionate and always caring disposition was always there to help us in numerous selfless ways. In short, Dorothy was a genuine blessing during some of the most challenging years for our Center. She is fondly remembered as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year.” – Claudio Cioffi


“Dorothy was a truly valued member of the Center of Social Complexity and was integral for making it run smoothly. Be it organizing travel to or making sure there was cake and coffee for meetings. Many students and faculty benefited from her proofreading and editing.  She will be sorely missed.” – Andrew Crooks


“It was a pleasure to work with Dorothy in the CDS department. While we were all remote during the pandemic, she was extremely supportive and on point to help me organize the CSS/CSI Friday seminars, to reach out to speakers and take care of logistical details, to post and update my blog on our department website, and everything went very smoothly during those critical times. I will miss her dearly.” – Anamaria Berea


Thank you, Dorothy for everything you have given us.

We will miss you dearly.