SVSU lecturer Dewey passes away at 44

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Chad Dewey, a lecturer of computer science and information died Thursday, Sept. 29, at his home in Kawkawlin. He was 44 years old.

Dewey’s colleague, computer science and information systems department chair Il-Hyung Cho, said Dewey suffered a heart attack Sept. 22 and was admitted to the hospital that day. Dewey appeared to be recovering before he passed away suddenly.

“Many people had correspondences with Chad as late as Wednesday,” Cho said. “It was a shock to everyone.”

Dewey was a Saginaw native and graduated from Freeland High School and Delta College prior to attending Davenport University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Dewey’s visitation and funeral was to take place Sunday, Oct. 1, at the W.A. Trahan Funeral Chapel in Bay City.

Dewey is survived by his wife Christina, whom he married in 2013, his two daughters, Ashlie and Alayna, his two step-daughters, his sister, his mother and his father and many other extended family and friends.

He was known as being extremely caring and was thought highly of by many of his students.

“Chad was a caring person,” Cho said.
“He respected students and had tons of practical knowledge in computing and security. Most students I talked to seemed to think that Chad was not just a good teacher, but that he was a superb teacher in his knowledge, delivery of material and caring for students’ learning.”

Corbin Carpenter, who is no longer enrolled at SVSU but had Dewey in a class last year, also spoke highly of his former professor.

“(Dewey) was a great professor,” he said. “He really helped me out during a rough time last year. He was not only a truly caring professor, but he was a good person. I was shocked and really sad to hear the news. My heart goes out to his family. He’ll be sorely missed.”

Dewey first joined the SVSU community in 2014 and was working toward his doctorate in computer science.

According to his obituary, Dewey was an avid music fan and also enjoyed computers, traveling and flipping houses. He had been consulting with several companies around the country on computer hacking and security.

“Above all, he will be missed as a great human being,” Cho said. “He was so gentle, prompt, serious, outreaching, reliable, trustful and also funny to talk with.”

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