Brother Fulgence (James) Dougherty, C.S.C., former director of international student services at the University of Portland, passed away at age 95 on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Br. Fulgence spent 32 years at the University of Portland. From August 1978 to May 1992, he served as the director of the international student services program. With extensive cross-cultural experience from 30 years spent in East Pakistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, and Ghana, he was eminently qualified to assist foreign students in the transition to life and education in the United States. He was well-known for his tireless attention to a large number of students, many of them from the Middle East, as well as for his outreach to faculty and staff. After he left the program in May 1992, Br. Fulgence continued to serve at the University until 2009 as an assistant to the academic vice president, where he evaluated foreign transcripts. In 1988, he was awarded the University’s highest award for staff employees, the Rev. Charles Miltner, C.S.C. Administrative Award, presented to employees who have been of exemplary and outstanding service to the University.
Upon his retirement from the University, Br. Fulgence continued to live in Holy Cross Court for another year before moving to Columba Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 2010. Because of increasing health care needs, Br. Fulgence moved to Dujarie House in 2016, where he passed away on December 17.
Please keep Br. Fulgence and his family and Holy Cross community in your thoughts and prayers.