By: STEPHEN M. SALISBURY
On Friday, August 3, a near-capacity crowd filed into the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall to commemorate the passing of Sustainability Professor, Dr. Edwin Joseph, who succumbed to a years-long battle with cancer on July 26. The 60-year old native of Trinidad became a member of the IU family when he accompanied his wife, Dr. Jann Joseph, as she became the Executive Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs in July of 2014. The two had been married for more than 36 years. She is currently serving as Interim Chancellor following the resignation of Chancellor Terry Allison this spring.
While many of the attendees were saddened by the loss of Professor Joseph, the service was billed as, “A Celebration of Life,” and many smiles were observed through tears as Uzima! began the service with a traditional West-African Dance. Many different musical selections were highlighted both on piano and violin culminating by a “first-time ever” improvised performance by Professor Joseph’s middle son, Kendall, on the piano. Poetry was read, memories were shared, and the service concluded with a videotaped performance of the professor playing “Happy” by Pharell Williams on his beloved steel-drums.