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Dr. Ulysses S. Doss

January 18, 1933 — August 8, 2021

Dr. Ulysses S. Doss
Ulysses was born to Iva Mae and Ulysses S. Doss in Racine, WI. He was 88 when he passed peacefully at home with his loving wife Jane by his side. Jane and Ulysses spent 40 years raising a family and celebrating life together.

Dr. Doss’s educational career started at Ripon College where earned a bachelor’s in psychology and where he was inducted into their athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements in track and field, basketball, and football. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Divinity from Garrett Biblical Institute, a Master’s degree from Northwestern, and a PhD in Humanities from Union Graduate School.

Ulysses professional life was marked by years of passionate service to the civil rights movement, professorship, and community. During the 1960’s Dr. Doss led civil rights activities as an Ordained Minister on Chicago’s westside. He founded the Christian Action Ministry, a local civil rights group focused on racial discrimination.

During that era he was appointed President of the Garfield organization furthering his fight for racial equality. While there, he worked with Black leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Julian Bond, John Lewis and Jesse Jackson to coordinate civil rights activities in greater Chicago and around the country.

In 1968 Dr. Doss founded the second Black Studies program in the nation at the University of Montana. While teaching, writing and mentoring students Doss’s classes quickly became standing room only and he was awarded the Standard Oil Teacher of the year award in 1971. In 1990 he was acknowledged as the Most Inspirational Teacher honor bestowed by the University student body. Further acknowledging his efforts, the university established the Ulysses S. Doss scholarship fund. The honor is awarded annually to a student who is studying African American Studies and has a financial need.

Along with Ulysses’s servant leadership, he was a passionate golfer. Some of his proudest moments include setting a course record 29 on the front at Missoula Country Club (MCC), winning the men’s senior state amateur championship and winning the Memorial at MCC.

Ulysses was the proud father of Jeffrie, Kimathi, Matanda and Tatyana. Dr. Doss adored his grandchildren, Zoe, Jordan, Mathias, Kennedy, Isaiah, and Mckenzie. In addition to his children and grandchildren, his is survived by his sisters Donna and Shirley and his brother Pferron. Siblings Paula and Lorenzo preceded him in passing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ulysses S. Doss Scholarship Fund.
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