Drs. Peter and Doris Kule. Photo courtesy of the Kule Folklore Centre, University of Alberta.

Condolences on the loss of longtime university supporter, Dr. Doris Kule

March 18, 2020

The MacEwan University community offers its heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Doris Kule, a longtime supporter of the university and its students, who passed away peacefully on March 15, 2020 at the age of 99.

Doris and her husband Dr. Peter Kule have been great advocates for education at institutions across the country, including MacEwan. In 2008, the couple were awarded the university’s Distinguished Citizen Award – the highest tribute to individuals or groups who reflect the university's mission and fundamental values – in recognition of their many contributions to education in Edmonton, Alberta and beyond.

Several spaces, initiatives, endowments and scholarships at MacEwan are named after the Kules, including the Drs. Peter and Doris Kule Health Lecture Theatre in the Robbins Health Learning Centre and the Drs. Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Ukrainian Community and International Development. The Kules also provided an initial gift to establish the Chair of International Health endowment at MacEwan.

“Doris’s life was fully dedicated to helping others,” said Kevin Fitzgerald, associate vice-president of Alumni and Development. “She demonstrated this through her teaching and through her generous philanthropic support of educational institutions and Ukrainian studies programs. Her life was an amazing example of leadership through service.”

About Doris Kule

Doris Kule (nee Radesh) was born in January 1921 near Boian, Alberta to parents who had emigrated from the Bukovyna region of Ukraine. An excellent student herself, Doris pursued a career as an elementary school teacher, spending the majority of her time at schools in Edmonton’s Beverly community until her retirement in 1974. Doris’s commitment to students and love of helping others is a hallmark not only of her career, but of her entire life. She will be deeply missed.

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