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Alexander T. Dorliae, 69, associate professor who returned to teach in Liberia

May 9, 1950 – June 30, 2019

Alexander T. Dorliae, also known as Turnanpea Turmi Dorliae, an associate professor at Niagara University who returned to his native Liberia to teach, died June 30 in Liberia. He was 69.

Born in the town of Mehnla in the Nimba region of northern Liberia, he was the son of a chief. An older brother, Peter, brought him to the capital city, Monrovia, introduced him to the Catholic faith and oversaw his education in Catholic schools.

He graduated with honors from St. Patrick’s High School in Monrovia and emigrated to the United States in 1975.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., then came to Buffalo.

He completed a master’s degree in political science and a doctorate in educational administration, organization and policy at the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Dorliae was an instructor at SUNY Buffalo State and an associate professor in the education department at Niagara University.

He returned to Liberia in 2010 and became an associate professor at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, teaching graduate students in education and returning every summer to Buffalo.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, the former Cecile Mathis, an attorney; a daughter, Yebenco K.; a son, Iverson Y.; a grandson; and many brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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